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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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  • Donnhoff Oberhauser Bruke Riesling Spatlese 2002 Front Label
    Donnhoff Oberhauser Bruke Riesling Spatlese 2002
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2002 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2002
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 2002 Front Label
    J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 2002
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling 2002 Front Label
    J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling 2002
    Riesling from Central Coast, California
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    • Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2002 Front Label
      Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2002
      Riesling from New Zealand
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      • Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2002 Front Label
        Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2002
        Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Hogue Late Harvest Riesling 2002 Front Label
          Hogue Late Harvest Riesling 2002
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2002 Front Label
            Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2002
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Spatlese 2002 Front Label
            Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Spatlese 2002
            Riesling from Germany
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          • Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2002 Front Label
            Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2002
            Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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          • Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Late Harvest Riesling (half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
            Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Late Harvest Riesling (half-bottle) 2002
            Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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            • Annie's Lane Riesling 2002 Front Label
              Annie's Lane Riesling 2002
              Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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            • Josef Leitz Riesling Spatlese Rudesheimer Magdalenekreuz 2002 Front Label
              Josef Leitz Riesling Spatlese Rudesheimer Magdalenekreuz 2002
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2002
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Pikes Riesling 2002
                Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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                • Giesen Riesling 2002 Front Label
                  Giesen Riesling 2002
                  Riesling from New Zealand
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                  • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2002 Front Label
                    Dopff & Irion Riesling 2002
                    Riesling from Alsace, France
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                    • Spy Valley Riesling 2002 Front Label
                      Spy Valley Riesling 2002
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                      • Covey Run Riesling 2002 Front Label
                        Covey Run Riesling 2002
                        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Cooper's Creek Hawkes Bay Riesling 2002
                          Riesling from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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                          • Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2002 Front Label
                            Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2002
                            Riesling from Central Coast, California
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                            • Bonny Doon The Heart Has Its Rieslings 2002 Front Label
                              Bonny Doon The Heart Has Its Rieslings 2002
                              Riesling from Central Coast, California
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                              • Firestone Johannisburg Riesling 2002
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                                • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Kabinett 2002 Front Label
                                  Schmitt Sohne Riesling Kabinett 2002
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                                  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling QbA 2002 Front Label
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