from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of grape grown in cool areas, especially in Germany and the Pacific Northwest.
- n. A dry to sweet, floral white wine made from this grape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A variety of grape grown especially in Germany and other relatively cool areas.
- n. A white wine made from this grape (often slightly sweet).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wine made from the Riesling grape, and best known in the variety made in Alsace and elsewhere on the upper Rhine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fragrant dry or sweet white wine from the Rhine valley or a similar wine from California
- n. white grape grown in Europe and California
I always tell people our Riesling is the "compromise wine" - for the couple that just can't choose.
The price tag on the Circle Riesling is made to compete with wine from around the world, but Whiting stressed it's not an indication of lesser quality.
Also, we can tolerate or even want some Botrytis in Riesling, while it is never a good thing in Chardonnay.
[Also – a bit off topic – he said that Riesling is best suited to well-drained soils, because it needs warm roots and cool leaves; while Gewurztraminer needs a warm canopy and cold soil to thrive.]
Aged Riesling is more universally palatable, I suppose.
This wine must have been our first MRS Riesling from the vintage 2001.
Ok, fast forward to early 2009, and Fox Run's 2007 Dry Riesling is the top scoring wine of 160 wines in an Appellation America tasting in California, getting perfect scores from all the judges.
The 2005 Dry Riesling is a holdover from their first vintage release consisting of mostly purchased fruit.
On the now-ancient evidence of wines like Blue Nun and Black Tower, American wine drinkers still seem to believe that all Riesling is cheap and sweet.
Best eaten at lunch with a good, crisp Riesling from the Clare or Eden Valleys.