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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Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2000Riesling from Alsace, France
Hagafen Napa Valley White Riesling (OU Kosher) 2000Riesling from Napa Valley, California
Palmer White Riesling 2000Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2000Riesling from New Zealand
Craneford Eden Valley Riesling 2000Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Bassermann-Jordan Estate Riesling 2000Riesling from Germany
Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg QbA 2000Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
Chateau St. Jean Johannisberg Riesling 2000Riesling from California
Bonny Doon California Critique of Pure Riesling 2000Riesling from California
Chateau Ste. Michelle Johannisberg Riesling 2000Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Bend In The River Riesling 2000Riesling from Germany
Geyser Peak Riesling 2000Riesling from Sonoma County, California
Robert Mondavi Coastal Johannisberg Riesling 2000Riesling from North Coast, California
Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2000Riesling from Australia
Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2000Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Mirassou Family Selection Monterey Riesling 2000Riesling from Central Coast, California
Wente Riesling 2000Riesling from California
Laurel Lake Reisling 2000Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 2000Riesling from Alsace, France
Fess Parker Riesling 2000Riesling from Central Coast, California
J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling 2000Riesling from Central Coast, California
Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2000Riesling from Central Coast, California
Hogue Fruit Forward Johannisberg Riesling 2000Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Schloss Saarstein Serriger Kabinett 2000Riesling from Mosel, Germany