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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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  • Martin & Weyrich Allegro Riesling 2012 Front Label
    Martin & Weyrich Allegro Riesling 2012
    Riesling from California
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    • Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2012 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2012
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • The Doctors' Riesling 2012 Front Label
        The Doctors' Riesling 2012
        Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Clean Slate Riesling 2012 Front Label
        Clean Slate Riesling 2012
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Firestone Riesling 2012 Front Label
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          • Washington Hills Riesling 2012 Front Label
            Washington Hills Riesling 2012
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Zocker Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2012 Front Label
              Zocker Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2012
              Riesling from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • MELI Riesling 2012 Front Label
              MELI Riesling 2012
              Riesling from Chile
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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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              • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012 Front Label
                Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012
                Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • A to Z Riesling 2012 Front Label
                  A to Z Riesling 2012
                  Riesling from Oregon
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                  • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2012 Front Label
                    Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2012
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Giesen Riesling 2012 Front Label
                      Giesen Riesling 2012
                      Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                      • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                          Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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                          • Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
                            Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2012
                            Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                          • Joel Gott Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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
                                Mercer Estates Riesling 2012
                                Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                                  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
                                    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012
                                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                                  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2012 Front Label
                                    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2012
                                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                                  • Frisk Prickly Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                                    • RELAX Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                                      • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2012 Front Label
                                        Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2012
                                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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