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A noble grape produced in a wide range of styles, Riesling can be bone dry, intensely sweet and everything in between. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling wine 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 examples 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 white wine 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.

Riesling Tasting Notes

Aromatic fresh fruit, lively acidity, and light body and texture are hallmarks of the Riesling grape, together with flavors of ripe stone fruit and slate. Riesling 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 Riesling Food Pairings

Most Riesling is found in the range of dry to just slightly sweet, making it incredibly food friendly - it pairs well with sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. The off-dry styles in particular are a natural accompaniment to the spicy, sour, and sweet flavors that define many Thai and Indian recipes. This is due to the blend of tropical fruits and acidity present in these wines, as well as their low alcohol content, which balances the heat found in the food. Dry German Riesling pairs perfectly with anything that contains fall fruit. Think pork chops with apples, pear and arugula salad, or butternut squash. 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 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WW90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S90
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016  Front Label
    Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • JS98
    • WS95
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  • Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
    Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken 2020
    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
    • JS94
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • JS96
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
      Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
      • WS93
      • RP92
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    • Eroica Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Eroica Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • W&S92
      • WE92
      • JD91
      • WS91
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    • Prager Steinriegl Federspiel Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Prager Steinriegl Federspiel Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Austria
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    • Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020  Front Label
      Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
      Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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      • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2020  Front Label
        Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
            Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
            • RP93
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          • Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
            Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2020
            Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
            • RP96
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          • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
            Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020
            Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              • JS93
              • WS93
              • RP92
              • W&S92
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            • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2021  Front Label
              Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2021
              Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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              • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2019  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • JS96
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              • Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2019  Front Label
                Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2019
                Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
                • RP91
                • WE91
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              • Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020  Front Label
                Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020
                Riesling from Alsace, France
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                • Fritz Haag Estate Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                  Fritz Haag Estate Riesling Trocken 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                  • JS92
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                • A to Z Riesling 2020  Front Label
                  A to Z Riesling 2020
                  Riesling from Rogue Valley, Oregon
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                  • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                    Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020  Front Label
                      Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                      • JS96
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