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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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  • Lucien Albrecht Riesling Clos Schild 2004 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Riesling Clos Schild 2004
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese 2004
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spatlese A P #11 2004 Front Label
    Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spatlese A P #11 2004
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2004 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2004
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2004
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2004 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2004
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2004 Front Label
    Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2004
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • Muller-Catoir Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Spatlese 2004 Front Label
    Muller-Catoir Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Spatlese 2004
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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