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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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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Auslese Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Riesling QbA Trocken 2009 Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Riesling QbA Trocken 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Robert Weil Qualitätswein Trocken Kiedrich Turmberg 2009
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Wakefield Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Wakefield Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Zero One Vintners Golden Delicious Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Zero One Vintners Golden Delicious Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS91
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS90
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  • Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2009 Front Label
    S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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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
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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling QbA 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Selbach Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese 2009 Front Label
    Selbach Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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