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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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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
      Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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      • Nikolaihof Vinothek Riesling 1997 Front Label
        Nikolaihof Vinothek Riesling 1997
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      • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg QbA 1997
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        • Argyle Dry Reserve Riesling 1997 Front Label
          Argyle Dry Reserve Riesling 1997
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        • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 1997
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          • Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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            • Chateau St. Jean Johannisberg Riesling 1997 Front Label
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              • Arbor Crest Johannisburg Riesling 1997 Front Label
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                • d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1997 Front Label
                  d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1997
                  Riesling from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 1997 Front Label
                    Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 1997
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                    • Hugel Classic Riesling 1997 Front Label
                      Hugel Classic Riesling 1997
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                      • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1997 Front Label
                        Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1997
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 1997
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                        • Mirassou Family Selection Monterey Riesling 1997 Front Label
                          Mirassou Family Selection Monterey Riesling 1997
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                          • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 1997 Front Label
                            Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 1997
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                            • Jekel Johannisberg Riesling LH (half-bottle) 1997
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                              • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Spatlese Trocken 1997
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                                • Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                  Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
                                  Riesling from Alsace, France
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                                • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997 Front Label
                                  Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997
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                                • Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 1997 Front Label
                                  Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 1997
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                                  • Joseph Phelps L.H. Johannisberg Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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                                    • Fritz Haag Estate Riesling 1997 Front Label
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                                      • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Spatlese 1997
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