What is Riesling

Riesling is a white wine grape variety that is known for its high acidity and delicate floral and fruity flavors. It is primarily grown in Germany, Austria, and Alsace, France, but is also found in other regions such as the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Riesling wines can range from dry to sweet and can be paired with a variety of foods including seafood, spicy dishes, and Asian cuisine.

How do you pronounce Riesling

Riesling is pronounced “REES-ling.”

What is Riesling also known as

Riesling is also known by several other names depending on the region where it is grown. In Germany, it is also known as “Rhine Riesling” or “Rheinriesling.” In France, it is known as “Riesling Allemand” or “German Riesling.” In other countries like Austria and New Zealand, it is simply known as Riesling.

What does Riesling taste like

Taste profile

High Acidity, Low to Medium minus alcohol, Low Body, Medium Minus to high Sweetness depending on the style. 

Primary Flavours

Lime, Green Apple, Beeswax, Jasmine, Petroleum

Storage & Handling

Riesling is a white wine that should be stored and handled properly to ensure the best possible flavor and quality.

Storage:

Riesling should be stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 45-55°F.

The bottles should be stored on their side to keep the cork moist and prevent air from entering the bottle.

Riesling should be stored away from strong odors as it is sensitive to outside aromas.

Handling:

Riesling should be served chilled, ideally between 42-50°F.

It should be decanted if it has been stored for a long time to separate any sediment that may have formed.

Riesling should be poured into glasses that are specifically designed for white wine, which have a smaller bowl and a narrower opening to preserve the wine’s aromas.

Note that if you have a riesling wine that is aged, it’s best to check with a sommelier or wine expert as the storage and handling of aged Riesling can be different.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Riesling

We would recommend pairing Riesling with a variety of foods due to its versatility. The wine’s high acidity makes it a great match for spicy dishes and its floral and fruity flavors complement seafood and white meats nicely.

For spicy cuisine, Riesling’s acidity can balance out the heat of dishes such as Thai or Indian curries. Its natural sweetness can also complement the spiciness of dishes such as Szechuan peppercorn or chili-spiced dishes.

Seafood dishes such as sushi, sashimi, and grilled fish are also a great match for Riesling. The wine’s acidity can cut through the oiliness of the fish and its delicate floral flavors complement the flavors of the seafood nicely.

Riesling can also be paired with white meats such as pork, chicken, or duck. The wine’s acidity can cut through the richness of the meats and its fruity flavors complement the flavors of the meats nicely.

Riesling can also be paired with Asian cuisine such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The wine’s acidity and sweetness can balance the flavors of the dishes and its delicate floral flavors can complement the flavors of the dishes nicely.

Finally, Riesling can also be paired with a variety of cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, and goat cheese. The wine’s acidity can cut through the creaminess of the cheeses and its fruity flavors complement the flavors of the cheeses nicely.

Where is Riesling grown?

Riesling is a white wine grape variety that is grown in several countries worldwide. The grape is particularly known for being grown in Germany, Austria and Alsace, France.

Germany is the most well-known producer of Riesling and produces a wide range of styles from dry to sweet. The regions of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Rheingau, Pfalz and Rheinhessen are particularly known for producing high-quality Riesling.

Austria also produces Riesling, with the regions of Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal producing some of the best examples of the wine.

Alsace, France is another region that is known for producing high-quality Riesling, with the wine being labeled as “Riesling Alsace” or “Alsace Riesling” on the bottle.

In addition to these regions, Riesling is also grown in other countries such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Italy, and many other countries, the wines from these regions can be quite different in terms of style and taste.