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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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  • Hugel Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • RP89
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE91
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  • Prager Riesling Federspiel 2005 Front Label
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    Riesling from Austria
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese (375ML half bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese (375ML half bottle) 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS95
    • WE93
    • RP92
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE90
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling A P #1406 2005 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling A P #1406 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE95
    • RP94
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • RP93
    • WS90
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2005 Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Reinhard & Beate Knebel Winninger Rottgen Riesling Spatlese Alte Reben 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • RP93
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  • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese 2005 Front Label
    Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • RP95
    • WS94
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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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    • WS90
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    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling AP #1206 (scuffed label) 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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