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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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  • Pikes Riesling Traditionale 2009 Front Label
    Pikes Riesling Traditionale 2009
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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    Karthauserhof Ruwer Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ratzenberger Steeger St. Jost Halbtrocken Kabinett Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Mittelrhein, Germany
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  • Selbach Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    J.J. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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