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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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  • Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Kofererhof Riesling 2008 Front Label
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    Riesling from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Lemelson Dry Riesling 2008 Front Label
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    Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2008
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  • Chehalem Dry Riesling Reserve 2008 Front Label
    Chehalem Dry Riesling Reserve 2008
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Tangent Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Tangent Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Central Coast, California
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  • Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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