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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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  • Nikolaihof Steiner Hund Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Nikolaihof Steiner Hund Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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  • Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Grosset Alea Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Grosset Alea Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burgraf) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2013 Front Label
    Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2013
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Western Australia, Australia
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Trocken Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Trocken Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Burklin-Wolf Gaisbohl Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Burklin-Wolf Gaisbohl Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Dunham Cellars Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Dunham Cellars Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Von Winning Ungeheuer Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2013 Front Label
    Von Winning Ungeheuer Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2013
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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  • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013 Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2013 Front Label
    Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2013
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Immich-Batterieberg Ellergrub Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Immich-Batterieberg Ellergrub Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Spatlese 2013 Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Spatlese 2013
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Immich-Batterieberg Escheburg Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Immich-Batterieberg Escheburg Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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