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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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  • Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Fels 2012 Front Label
    Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Fels 2012
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2012
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling 2012 Front Label
      Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling 2012
      Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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      Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Buehl 2012
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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      J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2012
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      • Domaine Emile Beyer Riesling Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012 Front Label
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        • Immich-Batterieberg Zeppwingert Riesling 2012 Front Label
          Immich-Batterieberg Zeppwingert Riesling 2012
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru  2012 Front Label
          Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru 2012
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
          Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2012
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Domaine Barmes-Buecher Hengst Riesling 2012 Front Label
          Domaine Barmes-Buecher Hengst Riesling 2012
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Brooks Ara Riesling 2012 Front Label
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          Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2012 Front Label
            Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2012
            Riesling from Alsace, France
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          • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2012 Front Label
            Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2012
            Riesling from Alsace, France
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          • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
            Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2012
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Rudi Pichler Federspiel Riesling 2012 Front Label
            Rudi Pichler Federspiel Riesling 2012
            Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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