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A noble grape produced in a wide range of styles, Riesling can be bone dry, intensely sweet and everything in between. 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

Aromatic fresh fruit, lively acidity, and light body and texture are hallmarks of the Riesling grape, together with flavors of ripe stone fruit and slate. Riesling 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

Most Riesling is found in the range of dry to just slightly sweet, making it incredibly food friendly - it pairs well with sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. The off-dry styles in particular are a natural accompaniment to the spicy, sour, and sweet flavors that define many Thai and Indian recipes. This is due to the blend of tropical fruits and acidity present in these wines, as well as their low alcohol content, which balances the heat found in the food. Dry German Riesling pairs perfectly with anything that contains fall fruit. Think pork chops with apples, pear and arugula salad, or butternut squash. 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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  • Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2003 Front Label
    Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2003
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2003 Front Label
    Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2003
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2003 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2003
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Firestone Johannisburg Riesling 2003 Front Label
      Firestone Johannisburg Riesling 2003
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      • Selbach Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2003
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        • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2003 Front Label
          Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2003
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Schloss Saarstein Riesling Kabinett 2003 Front Label
          Schloss Saarstein Riesling Kabinett 2003
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Vereinigte Hospitien Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2003 Front Label
          Vereinigte Hospitien Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2003
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          • Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2003 Front Label
            Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2003
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Stoneleigh Riesling 2003 Front Label
              Stoneleigh Riesling 2003
              Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Schmitt Sohne Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2003 Front Label
              Schmitt Sohne Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2003
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              • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2003 Front Label
                Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2003
                Riesling from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2003 Front Label
                  J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2003
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2003 Front Label
                  J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2003
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                • Spy Valley Riesling 2003
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                • Bayten Buitenverwachting Riesling 2003 Front Label
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                  • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2003 Front Label
                    Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2003
                    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Selbach Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese 2003
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                    • Giesen Riesling 2003 Front Label
                      Giesen Riesling 2003
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                      • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2003 Front Label
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                        • Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2003 Front Label
                          Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2003
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