All About Riesling

Aurélie Allusse


The Taste of Riesling 

Riesling wine is one of the most aromatic grape varieties in the world. The primary fruit aromas that you can find in Riesling are nectarine, apricot, honey-crips, apple and pear. Besides fruit, you will often smell aromas like honeycomb or even to a chemical aroma similar to petrol/gas. Believe it or not, it’s these weird smells that wine enthusiasts go gaga over. Riesling is very high acid , almost to the level of a tart fruit juice like lemonade.



Where to find a Dry Riesling or Sweet Riesling?

Dry Riesling:  Riesling from Alsace, German Riesling «  Qualitätswein Trocken », Washington State Riesling labeled « dry », New York State Riesling, most Australian Riesling from Clare Valley and Eden.

Off Dry & Sweet Riesling: « feinherb » german Riesling, Pradikat System Germany Riesling including spätlese, base-model Riesling (cheap riesling), sweet american riesling.


Riesling Wine Characteristics

Fruit Flavors: Apricot, Nectarine, Apple, Pear, Pineapple, Lime, lemon.

Other Aroma: Honey, Honeycomb, Beexwax, Petrol, Ginger, Citrus Blossom, Rubber, Diesel Fuel

Aged Flavors: Diesel, Petrol and Lanolin

Acidity: High

Serving temperature: Fridge cold around 6°C

Similar Varieties: Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Loureiro (Portugal) , Torrontes (Argentina),  Malvasia Bianca (Italy)

Blending: Rarely is Riesling blended with other grapes unless it’s a liebfraumilch (Maiden’s Milk) or other cheap sweet table wine.


Riesling food pairing

Thanks to his acidity and sweetness, Riesling makes the perfect accompaniment to spicy food. Strong Indian and Asian spices are a perfect match with Riesling.


  Meat Pairing: Duck, pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Crab.


  Spices and herbs: Highly spiced and aromatic herbs including Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon, Allspice, Tumeric, Madras Curry, Sichuan Pepper, Shallots, Soy Sauce,    Sesame, Marjoram, Basil, Rice Vinegar and Teriyaki Sauce.


Cheese pairings: Try it with less stinky and delicately flavored soft cow’s milk cheese and dried fruit.


Vegetables: Roasted vegetables and veggies with natural sweetness including Coconut, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Tempeh, Squash and Carrot.


   Fancy Cellar Riesling Selection 


Domaine Sparr-Baumann - Riesling Tradition, AOC Alsace Riesling, Alsace, France, 2011, White, ¥169

(Riesling) Awarded GOLD at Concours des Vins d'Alsace


Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011, White, ¥189

(Riesling) Wine Spectator TOP 100 Wine Producers


Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling, AOC Alsace Riesling, Alsace, France, 2013, White, ¥299

(Riesling) Wine Spectator 89pts


Domaine Pierre Frick – Riesling «Bihl », AOC Alsace, Alsace, France, 2013, White, ¥319

(Riesling) Natural & Biodynamic Wine


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