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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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  • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2017  Front Label
    Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2017
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      Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2017
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        Stony Hill White Riesling 2017
        Riesling from Napa Valley, California
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        • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2017  Front Label
          Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2017
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017 Front Label
          Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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