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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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  • Trimbach Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Trimbach Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • WE92
    3.8 77 Ratings
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  • Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • RP91
    • WE90
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • JS92
    • WE90
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  • Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP94
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  • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
    Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE94
    • RP90
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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WE90
    3.5 29 Ratings
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  • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2019  Front Label
    Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2019
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
    • JS92
    • WE91
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  • Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
    • JS91
    • WE89
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  • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • WE90
    3.6 10 Ratings
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  • Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2017  Front Label
    Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • WE93
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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • WE90
    3.7 19 Ratings
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • JS94
    • WE93
    • RP92
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  • Loimer Langenlois Kamptal Riesling 2017  Front Label
    Loimer Langenlois Kamptal Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Austria
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    • JS89
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  • Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
    • RP91
    • WE91
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  • S.A. Prum  Mosel Riesling Kabinett Blue 2016  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Kabinett Blue 2016
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WE90
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  • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • RP91
    • WE91
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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi Dry Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
    • JS93
    • RP90
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  • Schafer-Frohlich Estate Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
    Schafer-Frohlich Estate Riesling Trocken 2018
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
    • WE92
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  • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2019  Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2019
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Hugel Classic Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Hugel Classic Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
    • WE90
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  • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Kamptal, Austria
    • WE91
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  • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP92
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