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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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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2008 Front Label
    St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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    • Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
      Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2008
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia
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    • Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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    • Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
      Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2008
      Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Flying Fish Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Flying Fish Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Washington
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      • Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2008 Front Label
        Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2008
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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      • Pegasus Bay Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Pegasus Bay Riesling 2008
        Riesling from New Zealand
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      • Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Australia
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      • Wakefield Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Wakefield Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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      • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Penfolds Thomas Hyland Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Australia
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      • Wakefield Promised Land Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Wakefield Promised Land Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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      • Clean Slate Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Clean Slate Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
          Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2008
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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          • Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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          • Pacific Rim Solstice Vineyard Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Pacific Rim Solstice Vineyard Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            Marquis Philips Baby Roogle Riesling 2008
            Riesling from Australia
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            • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2008 Front Label
              Hogue Genesis Riesling 2008
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Barnard Griffin Riesling 2008 Front Label
              Barnard Griffin Riesling 2008
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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