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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. It can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and the best exmples can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Tasting Notes for Riesling

Riesling can be a sweet or dry white wine. In any case it usually has a high acidity and stone fruit, citrus, spice and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Riesling

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secrets for Riesling

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WE90
    4.1 327 Ratings
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018 Front Label
      Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
      • JS94
      • WE92
      • WW92
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    • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2015  Front Label
      S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2015
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
      • W&S93
      4.8 9 Ratings
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    • Trimbach Riesling 2016 Front Label
      Trimbach Riesling 2016
      Riesling from Alsace, France
      • WE93
      • V91
      • JS90
      • WS90
      3.8 29 Ratings
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
        4.2 164 Ratings
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      • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2017  Front Label
        Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2017
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
        • RP94
        • WE92
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      • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
        • TP93
        • WS92
        4.3 8 Ratings
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      • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
        Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Nahe, Germany
        • WW90
        4.1 46 Ratings
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      • Firestone Riesling 2018  Front Label
        Firestone Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
          4.1 8 Ratings
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        • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018 Front Label
          S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
            3.9 13 Ratings
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          • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018  Front Label
            Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              4.2 18 Ratings
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            • Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2018  Front Label
              Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2018
              Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
              • WE91
              4.1 15 Ratings
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            • Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016 Front Label
              Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016
              Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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              • Clean Slate Riesling 2018 Front Label
                Clean Slate Riesling 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
                  Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • W&S88
                    4.2 35 Ratings
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                  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                    • JS93
                    • WE93
                    • RP90
                    4.5 15 Ratings
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                  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
                    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                    • JS96
                    • RP95
                    • WS93
                    4.5 14 Ratings
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                  • Trefethen Dry Riesling 2018 Front Label
                    Trefethen Dry Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
                    • WE94
                    • W&S90
                    4.2 34 Ratings
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                  • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                    • W&S91
                    • WE90
                    • WW89
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                  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2015  Front Label
                    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2015
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018  Front Label
                      J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                      • WS93
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                    • Funf Riesling  Front Label
                      Funf Riesling
                      Riesling from Germany
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                      • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                        Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018
                        Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
                          3.7 9 Ratings
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