Learn about Riesling Wine — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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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Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 1998Riesling from Central Coast, California
J.J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 1998Riesling from Mosel, Germany
Dr. Wagner Riesling Semi-Dry 1998Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
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Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Kabinett (half-bottle) 1998Riesling from Germany
Elk Cove Willamette Riesling 1998Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 1998Riesling from Alsace, France
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Jekel Riesling 1998Riesling from Central Coast, California
Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1998Riesling from Alsace, France
Laurel Lake Reisling 1998Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
Palmer White Riesling 1998Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
Martinborough Riesling Martinborough 1998Riesling from Martinborough, New Zealand
Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett 1998Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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Hogue Late Harvest Riesling 1998Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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