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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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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Karthauserhof Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2009 Front Label
    Karthauserhof Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP91
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  • Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Penfolds Eden Valley Bin 51 Reserve Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • W&S92
    • WE90
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  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S90
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE95
    • W&S93
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • WS89
    • W&S88
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  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Badstube Spatlese 2009 Front Label
    Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Badstube Spatlese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS93
    • W&S90
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  • Red Newt Cellars Davis Farms Vineyard Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Red Newt Cellars Davis Farms Vineyard Riesling 2009
    Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
    • W&S93
    • WS90
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP92
    • W&S92
    • WE91
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  • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Dry 2009 Front Label
    Robert Weil Estate Riesling Dry 2009
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
    • W&S89
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  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Spatlese 2009 Front Label
    Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Spatlese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS92
    • W&S91
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS96
    • W&S91
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  • Eroica Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE94
    • W&S92
    • WS90
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    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE91
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  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
    • WS91
    • RP91
    • W&S90
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Kilikanoon Mort's Reserve Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Kilikanoon Mort's Reserve Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Mercer Estates Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Mercer Estates Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2009
    Riesling from New York, Other U.S.
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  • Kings Ridge Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Kings Ridge Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • WE89
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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