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A noble grape produced in a wide range of styles, Riesling can be bone dry, intensely sweet and everything in between. 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

Aromatic fresh fruit, lively acidity, and light body and texture are hallmarks of the Riesling grape, together with flavors of ripe stone fruit and slate. Riesling 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

Most Riesling is found in the range of dry to just slightly sweet, making it incredibly food friendly - it pairs well with sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. The off-dry styles in particular are a natural accompaniment to the spicy, sour, and sweet flavors that define many Thai and Indian recipes. This is due to the blend of tropical fruits and acidity present in these wines, as well as their low alcohol content, which balances the heat found in the food. Dry German Riesling pairs perfectly with anything that contains fall fruit. Think pork chops with apples, pear and arugula salad, or butternut squash. 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 Dr. L Riesling 2021  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2021
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
          Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Maximin Grunhaus MAXiMiN Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Maximin Grunhaus MAXiMiN Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020  Front Label
            Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Eroica Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Eroica Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2021  Front Label
            Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2021
            Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021  Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
              Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2020  Front Label
              Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              • JS94
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            • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2020  Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
              Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020
              Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
              • JS93
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            • Poet's Leap Riesling 2020  Front Label
              Poet's Leap Riesling 2020
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
                Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • JS92
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              • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Monchhof Mosel Slate Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
                Monchhof Mosel Slate Riesling Spatlese 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • WE93
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              • Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Riesling Kabinett (1 Liter) 2020  Front Label
                Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Riesling Kabinett (1 Liter) 2020
                Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                • Monchhof Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese 2019  Front Label
                  Monchhof Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese 2019
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                    Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2020
                    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
                    • JS93
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                  • Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                    Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling Trocken 2020
                    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                  • Forge Cellars Classique Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
                    Forge Cellars Classique Dry Riesling 2019
                    Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
                    • WS91
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