All About Riesling

Do you like dry wine? Sweet? Somewhere in between? Whatever you prefer, there’s a Riesling for you.

Riesling comes in more “flavors” than any other wine. Some are “bone dry”, with no discernable sweetness. Others are “medium dry” with a hint of sweet, or “medium sweet” with even more, and some are quite simply “sweet”.

The natural grape sugar left in the wine is just one of the factors defining the taste. The natural acid and pH offset the sugar, and the interplay of these elements ultimately determines what you will taste. For example, a Riesling with more residual sugar but high acid may well taste drier than one with less sugar and low acid.

Unfortunately, many consumers still think “Riesling = Sweet”, and many Riesling producers don’t give much information on their labels to help consumers know what taste to expect from a particular bottle. That’s why the International Riesling Foundation developed a voluntary Riesling Taste Profile with recommended guidelines for winemakers and a graphic design which we hope many will use on their back labels to help guide consumers. The design is shown below, with four different options of wording and the understanding that the winemaker will determine where to place the arrow.

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2003

2003 Heron Hill Winery
Riesling Icewine >>

2006

2006 Heron Hill Winery
Ingle Vineyard Riesling>>

2006

2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling Ice Wine>>

2006 Scott Harvey Wines
Angel Ice>>

2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Late Harvest White Riesling>>

2006 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
J. Lohr Late Harvest Riesling>>

2006 Heron Hill Winery
Dry Riesling >>

2007

2007 Cave Spring Cellars
Riesling>>

2007 Scott Harvey Wines
Scott Harvey Mendocino County Riesling>>

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards
Riesling>>

2007 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Goldlack TBA>>

2007 Pacific Rim
Dauenhauer Vineyard Riesling>>

2007 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Riesling Icewine>>

2007 Pacific Rim
Wallula Vineyard Riesling>>

2007 Pacific Rim
Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling>>

2007 Cave Spring Cellars
Riesling Icewine>>

2007 Chateau Grand Traverse
Botrytis Riesling>>

2007 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Speck Family Reserve Riesling>>

2007 Pacific Rim
Vin de Glacière>>

2007 Cave Spring Cellars
Riesling Indian Summer>>

2007 Heron Hill Winery
Semi-Sweet Riesling>>

2007 Chateau Grand Traverse
Semidry Riesling>>

2007 Madrona Vineyards
Riesling - Black Label>>

2007 Cave Spring Cellars
Riesling CSV>>

2007 Heron Hill Winery
Semi-Dry Riesling >>

2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Dry Riesling>>

2007 Chateau Grand Traverse
Whole Cluster Riesling>>

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards
Dry Riesling>>

2007 Pacific Rim
Dry Riesling>>

2007 Scott Harvey Wines
Jana Leelanau Peninsula Riesling>>

2007 Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Late Harvest Riesling>>

2007 Cave Spring Cellars
Riesling Estate>>

2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling>>

2007 Chehalem
Corral Creek Vineyards Riesling>>

2007 Chateau Grand Traverse
Late Harvest Riesling>>

2007 Paraiso Vineyards
"Estate" Riesling>>

2007 Chateau Grand Traverse
Dry Riesling>>

2007 Chehalem
Reserve Dry Riesling>>

2008

2008 Paul Cluver Wines
Paul Cluver Riesling>>

2008 Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Estate Dry Riesling>>

2008 Pacific Rim
Riesling Made with Organic Grapes>>

2008 Pacific Rim
White Flowers Sparkling Riesling>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Rosa-Goldlack BA>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Rosalack Auslese>>

2008 Pacific Rim
Solstice Vineyard Riesling>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grünlack Spätlese>>

2008 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Late-Harvest Riesling>>

2008 Madrona Vineyards
Riesling - Speciality Collection>>

2008 Willamette Valley Vineyards
riesling>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Rotlack Kabinett>>

2008 Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling, Bunch Select Late Harvest>>

2008 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Off-Dry Reserve Riesling>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Gelblack>>

2008 Willamette Valley Vineyards
Dry Riesling>>

2008 Pacific Rim
Sweet Riesling>>

2008 Scott Harvey Wines
Jana Napa Valley Riesling>>

2008 Chehalem
SEXT Riesling>>

2008 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Reserve Riesling>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Rotlack trocken>>

2008 Paul Cluver Wines
Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest>>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Blaulack Eiswein>>

2008 Brooks Wines
Willamette Valley Riesling>>

2008 Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Riesling >>

2008 Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Gelblack trocken>>

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling>>

2008 Brandborg Vineyard and Winery
Umpqua Valley, Oregon riesling>>

2009

2009 Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling, Dry >>

2009 South Coast Winery
Late Harvest Riesling>>

2009 Brooks Wines
Ara Riesling>>

2009 Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling, Semi Dry>>

2009 South Coast Winery
Riesling>>

2009 Alba Vineyard
Dry Riesling>>

2009 b2b wine-magazine wein-inside.de
Varallo Estate Riesling>>

2009 Neudorf Vineyards
Neudorf Moutere Riesling>>

2009 Bonterra Vineyards
Bonterra Riesling>>

2009 Jekel Vineyards
Jekel Riesling>>

2009 Fetzer Vineyards
Fetzer Riesling>>

2009 Brandborg Vineyard and Winery
Umpqua Valley, Oregon riesling>>

2009 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Riesling Reserve>>

2009 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Riesling Ice>>

2010

2010 Brooks Wines
Tethys Late Harvest Riesling>>

2010 Xabregas Western Australia
Xabregas Riesling>>

2010 Brooks Wines
Sweet P Riesling>>

2010 Madrona Vineyards
Riesling - Signature Collection>>

2010 Xabregas Western Australia
X by Xabregas Spencer Riesling>>

2010 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist>>

2010 Madrona Vineyards
Riesling - Hillside Collection>>

2010 Xabregas Western Australia
X by Xabregas Figtree Riesling>>

2010 Taylors Wines
St Andrews Riesling>>

2010 Fulkerson Winery
Riesling Reserve, 0.2% rs>>

2011

2011 Sweet Cheeks Winery
2011 Vintage Riesling>>

2011 Sweet Cheeks Winery
2011 Dry Riesling>>

2011 A to Z Wineworks
2011 A to Z Wineworks Riesling>>

2011 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Dry Riesling>>

2011 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Semi-Dry Riesling>>

2011 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Red Oak Vineyard Riesling>>

2011 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Yellow Dog Vineyard Riesling>>

2011 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Round Rock Vineyard Riesling>>

2011 Fulkerson Winery
Beartown Block 28 Riesling, 0.1% rs>>

2011 Fulkerson Winery
Dry Riesling, 0.2% rs>>

2011 Fulkerson Winery
William Vigne Dry Riesling, 0.1% rs>>

2012

2012 Fulkerson Winery
Semi-Dry Riesling, 2.7% rs>>

2012 Fulkerson Winery
Riesling Ice Wine, 19.7% rs>>

2012 Fulkerson Winery
William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling, 4.8% rs>>

NV

Langmeil Winery
Langmeil Eden Valley Riesling>>

Langmeil Winery
Langmeil Live Wire Riesling>>

Jacob's Creek
Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling>>

Jacob's Creek
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Riesling>>

Jacob's Creek
Jacob’s Creek Classic Riesling>>

Schloss Johannisberg
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Silberlack Erster Gewächs>>

Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
ST. URBANS-HOF Riesling QbA>>

Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese>>

Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett>>

Schmitt Söhne
Fünf® Sassy White>>

Schmitt Söhne
RELAX® Riesling>>

Schmitt Söhne
Schmitt Söhne Riesling Qualitätswein>>

Fulkerson Winery
Riesling 1.5L, 1.5% rs>>