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All about Riesling

Riesling wine is one of the most versatile wines, and its price varies widely depending on the producer and aging. This drink has a vibrant German heritage. Today Riesling is considered one of the collectible white wines among connoisseurs all over the world, including residents of Moscow.

Riesling  is one of the most hardy grape varieties in the world, with a high level of frost resistance. It grows in cool climatic winemaking regions, particularly in Russia. This makes it possible to buy a domestic wine product of excellent quality at a democratic price.

Riesling Taste Profile

Is it sweet? Is it dry? It's both. Riesling wine can be sweet or dry, thin or strong, light or full. It's a sort of chameleon wine, since its taste and price depend on where it's grown and how old it is;
One of the most important characteristics of the Riesling wine profile is its high acidity.
The familiarity begins with intense aromas emanating from the glass (even when the wine is icy). This wine offers major notes of orchards:
  1. nectarine;
  2. apricot; 
  3. crispy honey apple; 
  4. pear;
In addition to fruit, the taster smells of honeycomb, jasmine flowers or lime zest, mineral notes of steel, slate, flint and chalk,
 а также поразительный аромат, похожий на запах бензина или нефтяного воска (природное соединение, называемое TDN или 1,1,6-триметил-1,2-дигидронафталина).
On the palate, Riesling wine has a high acid content, comparable to that of lemonade.

Although the exact origins of this wine are unknown, most people believe that Riesling white wine originated in Germany on the Rhine River. The first written mention of Rhine wine, named after a special white grape variety called Riesling, dates back to the 1400s;
Much of Riesling's reputation in the second half of the twentieth century was tarnished by a sea of substandard wine exported from Germany in the 1970s and '80s. Truth be told, very little in this infamous Rhenish wine was Riesling, but the low price appealed to consumers in both Paris and Moscow. Instead, more yielding grapes such as Müller-Sirgau and Silvaner were used, but the reputation was nonetheless formed.
Many wine critics consider Riesling one of the best white grapes (and wines) in the world and worth buying without hesitation;
«Рислинг (произносится как рис-линг) — величайший сорт белого вина в мире», – сказал британский винный критик Дженсис Робинсон М.У. в статье для Financial Times от 2020 года.
Today it is still the main type of wine produced in the German-speaking regions of Europe.

The ideal natural environment is cool climate and slate soils, because the grapes for this aromatic white wine ripen earlier than others. The timing of the grape harvest determines sugar levels and cost, as fully ripe grapes tend to be sweeter than normal or late-picked grapes. Producers can also freeze the grapes and then process them to create ice wine or icewine.

Geography

Riesling rivals the Chardonnay brand as the source of the world's greatest white wines. In particular, Germany produces excellent Rhenish wines of all styles, from very dry to super sweet. Somewhat unfairly, the modern buyer in Moscow often thinks it is too sweet. Germans, in particular, produce Trocken (or dry) wines of excellent quality.
Wines have an enormous potential for aging. Over the years, Riesling acquires a richness of flavor and a "benzoic" hue, highly appreciated by experts.
Not surprisingly, it also does well in Austria and  France, in Alsace, where the wines on sale tend to be drier.
In the New World, it is mostly grown in Australia, such as in the Clare Valley and Eden Valley region, which produces lime-flavored dry wines that take on a "gasoline" flavor with age.
New Zealand is another country where the variety thrives, preferring a cooler climate.

  1. The wine is named after the white grape variety from which the drink is produced.
  2. Origin: Originally from 15th century Germany.
  3. Today you can buy Riesling wine in most wine regions.
  4. Often used in the production of dessert wine and icewine because of its sweetness.
  5. The wine is pale in color, light to medium.
  6. Signature scent of gasoline or lanolin, fragrant scents of citrus, stone fruit, honey and ginger.
  7. High acidity.
  8. Riesling wines are often consumed young to maximize the flavor and enjoy the bouquet.
  9. May benefit from aging due to high acidity.
  10. Combines with spicy dishes.
  11. It is better to drink it cold for a better perception.

When it comes to the menu, the spicier the better. So pour a glass and pair a sweet Riesling with a spicy Indian curry. Or try a dry Riesling with fried fish. Combine it with smoked meats, spicy foods, sweet fruit desserts or hearty snacks. Of all wines, Riesling is the most versatile;
The strength of most wines in this group is from 7 to 13 degrees, but some sweet varieties contain up to 19 degrees of alcohol.
Gourmets recommend buying and serving a Riesling family wine with light animal proteins:
  • duck;
  • shrimp;
  • chicken;
  • crabs;
  • soft cow cheeses without a pungent smell.
Sweet Riesling is perfect for desserts.
Maybe he really was created by pure alchemy. Who knows?
So, to raise a glass of wine that suits any situation and harmoniously complements a variety of food, go to the product catalog of our wine website. Click the "buy" button opposite the bottle of wine labeled Riesling and enjoy life!