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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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    • Geyser Peak Riesling 1998 Front Label
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      • Prager Smaragd Hollerin Riesling 1998 Front Label
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        • Pierre Sparr Reserve Riesling 1998
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            • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 1998 Front Label
              J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 1998
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              • Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 1998
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                • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1998
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                • Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 1998 Front Label
                  Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 1998
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                  • J.J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 1998 Front Label
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                    • Dr. Wagner Riesling Semi-Dry 1998 Front Label
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                      • Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 1998 Front Label
                        Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 1998
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                        • Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Kabinett (half-bottle) 1998
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                          • Elk Cove Willamette Riesling 1998 Front Label
                            Elk Cove Willamette Riesling 1998
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                              • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Riesling 1998 Front Label
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                                      • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett 1998
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                                          • Hogue Late Harvest Riesling 1998 Front Label
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