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Riesling Wine Recommendations & Reviews


Riesling wines are dynamic, food-favoring wines that continue to gain fans on an international level. There is great variety and expression within this single grape varietal, adding to the interest and versatility of this noble white wine grape.

1. Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2011 (Alsace, France) $23

Domaine Zind Humbrecht
The Zind-Humbrecht Riesling from the Alsace region of France is a dynamite wine all the way around. It starts with fresh, sliced pineapple on the nose and moves on to grapefruit in the glass. This is a crisp wine with delicious acidity and a vibrant, full flavor finish.

2. J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese 2012 (Germany) $49

J.J. Prum
If you are looking for the quintessential German Riesling from the Mosel region, this has got to be it. This is an ultra concentrated wine with the complexity, elegance and manueverability to handle virtually any palate with strength of varietal character and definitive structure.

3. Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Drachenstein "Dragonstone" Riesling 2012 (Germany) $17

Josef Leitz
Off-dry, ultra elegant and perched at an exceptional price the 2012 Josef Leitz Dragonstone Riesling rocks out with plenty of peach and citrus undertones, great acidity, and a very versatile food-pairing nature. This is the perfect picnic wine. Give it a go with chicken salad, sandwiches, Thai food, shellfish and most seafood finds.

4. Hugel Riesling 2012 (Alsace, France) $22

An Alsatian Riesling that brings mouth-watering acidity mixed with lively stone and citrus fruit to the table. A fantastic Riesling find for a myriad of challenging pairing options - consider giving it a go with Asian Fusion inspired fare.

5. Eroica Riesling 2012

Eroica Winery
This stunning Riesling is delicious collaboration between America's leading Riesling producer, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany's Riesling powerhouse, Dr. Loosen. The result is always a stunning Riesling rendition with ultra ripe Washington-inspired fruit and Old World elegance. The nose highlights lemon lime aroma with a subtle, almost spicy edge. The palate profile yields a rich textured, well-balanced medley of citrus and tropical fruit harnessed with a clean, crisp acidity.

6. Trimbach Riesling 2011 (Alsace, France) $19

This Trimbach Riesling falls under the traditional Alsatian Riesling category, bringing ample aromatics, clean flavor profiles and optimal balance between residual sugar levels and acidity. The palate is founded largely on a citrusy base and boasts prominent peach influences. Consider serving with pork tenderloin.

7. Schloss Saarstein Riesling Spatlese 2011 (Germany) $24

Schloss Saarstein
A delicious Riesling from Schloss Saarstein running at 8% alcohol, the 2011 brings layers of lemon and lime citrus to the forefront with a peach punch and backed up with plenty of lively, lip-smacking acidity. This Riesling charms with a medium-body and a significant fresh factor firmly grounded by undeniable slate-laced minerality and an elegant, enduring finish. Consider pairing the Schloss Saarstein Riesling with assorted Asian fare, bacon wrapped scallops, or pork topped with a favorite fruit sauce.

8. Mönchhof Estate Riesling 2007 (Germany) $15

Image Courtesy of Monchhof Estate
Monchhof Estate
The 2007 Mönchhof Estate Riesling offers up plenty of high profile aromatics and washes the bright, spice-laden fruit flavors of peach and apple in plenty of mouth-watering acidity. A fantastic option for bringing out the best in sushi, Indian curries or give it a pour with your favorite poultry-based dishes - a very versatile wine indeed.

9. Schloss Schonborn Riesling Halbtrocken 2007 (Germany) $ 14

Schloss Schonborn
This is a classic, off-dry German Riesling. A good value wine, with ripe lemon and grapefruit flavors firmly planted in a subtle minerality. This Riesling has got gutsy acidity, layered fruit, a clean, clear finish and a winning price. What more could you ask for?

10. Smith-Madrone Riesling 2011 (CA) $27

The 2011 Smith-Madrone Riesling is an estate grown and bottled tropical delight from full-flavored start to crisp, mouthwatering finish. High profile fruit, bursting with ripe peach and balanced by Granny Smith apple, the vivid acidity keeps the fruit in line and welcomes a variety of tricky food pairing ensembles.
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