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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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  • d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1996 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1996
    Riesling from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Schmitt Sohne Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 1996
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      • Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling 1996 Front Label
        Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling 1996
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        • Jekel Johannisberg Riesling LH (half-bottle) 1996
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          • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 1996
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            • Bonny Doon California Critique of Pure Riesling 1996 Front Label
              Bonny Doon California Critique of Pure Riesling 1996
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              • Schmitt Sohne Bernkasteler BadstubeRiesling Spatlese 1996
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                • Josmeyer Riesling d'Alsace 1996
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                  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1996 Front Label
                    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1996
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                  • Josmeyer Riesling Le Kottabe 1996 Front Label
                    Josmeyer Riesling Le Kottabe 1996
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                    • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1996 Front Label
                      Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1996
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