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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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  • Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005 Front Label
    Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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    • Von Othegraven Kanzemer Altenberg Auslese Alte Reben 2005
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2005  Front Label
        Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Selbach Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Eiswein 2005
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        • Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2005 Front Label
          Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2005
          Riesling from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
          J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2005
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spatlese A P #0806 2005 Front Label
          Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spatlese A P #0806 2005
          Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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          • Selbach Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
            Selbach Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese 2005
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2005 Front Label
            Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2005
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
              Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
              Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2005
              Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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