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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

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 Riesling Food Pairings

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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  • Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Forge Cellars Wagner Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Forge Cellars Wagner Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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  • Forge Cellars Railroad Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Forge Cellars Railroad Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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  • Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Forge Cellars Les Allies Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Forge Cellars Les Allies Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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  • Argyle Nuthouse Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Argyle Nuthouse Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Forge Cellars Breakneck Creek Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Forge Cellars Breakneck Creek Vineyard Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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  • Ovum Memorista Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Ovum Memorista Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Oregon
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  • Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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