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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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  • Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Lemelson Dry Riesling 2008 Front Label
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
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    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2008
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2008
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Weingut Johannishof Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese 2008
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Rock Gully Dry Riesling 2008
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