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A noble grape produced in a wide range of styles, Riesling can be bone dry, intensely sweet and everything in between. 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

Aromatic fresh fruit, lively acidity, and light body and texture are hallmarks of the Riesling grape, together with flavors of ripe stone fruit and slate. Riesling 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

Most Riesling is found in the range of dry to just slightly sweet, making it incredibly food friendly - it pairs well with sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. The off-dry styles in particular are a natural accompaniment to the spicy, sour, and sweet flavors that define many Thai and Indian recipes. This is due to the blend of tropical fruits and acidity present in these wines, as well as their low alcohol content, which balances the heat found in the food. Dry German Riesling pairs perfectly with anything that contains fall fruit. Think pork chops with apples, pear and arugula salad, or butternut squash. 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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  • Martin & Weyrich Allegro Riesling 2012 Front Label
    Martin & Weyrich Allegro Riesling 2012
    Riesling from California
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    • Zocker Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2012 Front Label
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      Riesling from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012 Front Label
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            • Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012 Front Label
              Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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              • Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2012 Front Label
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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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                • Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                  Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                • Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                  Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Mercer Estates Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Giesen Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                      • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                        • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                          • Tim Adams Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                            Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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                            • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
                              Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012
                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Robert Oatley Signature Riesling 2012 Front Label
                              Robert Oatley Signature Riesling 2012
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                            • RELAX Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                                • Fess Parker Santa Barbara Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                                  • Mercer Canyons Riesling 2012 Front Label
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