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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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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Eroica Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Bayten Buitenverwachting Riesling 2005 Front Label
      Bayten Buitenverwachting Riesling 2005
      Riesling from South Africa
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    • Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2005 Front Label
      Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burgraf) Riesling Classic 2005
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
      • WE88
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    • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2005 Front Label
      Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2005
      Riesling from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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      • Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005 Front Label
        Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005
        Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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        • Baron zu Knyphausen Kiedricher Sandgrub Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
          Baron zu Knyphausen Kiedricher Sandgrub Riesling Spatlese 2005
          Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
          • WE91
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        • Prinz Salm Schloss Wallhausen Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
          Prinz Salm Schloss Wallhausen Riesling Spatlese 2005
          Riesling from Germany
          • W&S91
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        • Baron zu Knyphausen Riesling QbA 2005 Front Label
          Baron zu Knyphausen Riesling QbA 2005
          Riesling from Germany
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          • Saint M Pfalz Riesling 2005 Front Label
            Saint M Pfalz Riesling 2005
            Riesling from Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
              Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2005
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              • WE92
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            • Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2005 Front Label
              Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2005
              Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Kuhl Riesling 2005 Front Label
                Kuhl Riesling 2005
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005 Front Label
                  Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005
                  Riesling from Alsace, France
                  • RP93
                  • WS90
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                • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2005 Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2005
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • WE91
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                • Cousino Macul Riesling Dona Isadora 2005 Front Label
                  Cousino Macul Riesling Dona Isadora 2005
                  Riesling from Chile
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                  • Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling 2005 Front Label
                    Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling 2005
                    Riesling from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 2005 Front Label
                      Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 2005
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                      • Hugel Classic Riesling 2005 Front Label
                        Hugel Classic Riesling 2005
                        Riesling from Alsace, France
                        • RP92
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                      • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2005 Front Label
                        Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2005
                        Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
                        • WS90
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                      • S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2005 Front Label
                        S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2005
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • Rosemount Diamond Riesling 2005
                          Riesling from Australia
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                          • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2005 Front Label
                            Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2005
                            Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                          • Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2005 Front Label
                            Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2005
                            Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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