Riesling is one of the world’s most popular white grape varietals. Its origins trace back to the Rhine region of Germany where it was first planted in the medieval times. Today high quality Riesling is also grown with great success in U.S. regions as well as New Zealand, Australia and France. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety that is rarely oaked or blended with other grapes. The dry versions showcase notes of green apple, citrus and peach that is crisp and refreshing. The sweeter wines have tropical fruit, honey and spice flavors.
In Germany the Riesling labels distinguish different levels of sweetness: Kabinett (dry to off-dry), Spätlese (sweet), Auslese (sweeter), Beerenauslese (very sweet) and Trockenbeerenauslese (super sweet). At Gold Medal Wine Club we only feature dry Rieslings.
If you have a quality Riesling you don’t have to be in a rush to drink it. The varietal ages very well in the bottle where it tends to get more elegant and sophisticated with time. A 20 or 30 year old Riesling could just be hitting its prime. This is a wine that fell out of favor during the 80’s, but has mounted an impressive resurgence as more complex offerings have come to market and wine enthusiasts have taken notice. A pronunciation for Riesling is (REECE-ling). We have featured dry Riesling in both our Gold Wine Club and our International Wine Club. Prost.
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