Our main list has over 30 Riesling, mostly from Germany. While Riesling is seen as a more eclectic choice, it can be made more interesting and easier to sell by taking different approaches – exploring regional differences or stylistic differences. Here is a very short shortlist (for us) of Riesling, helping you to understand the styles and and the regions of this wine.
In the words of wine writer Jamie Goode (2009): “It has taken me a long time to ‘get’ Riesling, to the point where I actually really enjoy it, rather than just appreciate it. This year, though, I’ve passed the appreciation phase and entered the enjoyment phase. I’ve been buying Riesling, and drinking it through choice. Especially Mosel Kabinetts, which, with their beautiful tension between sweetness and acidity, tantalize the taste buds and leave you wanting more. But I’m also quite taken by the new generation of Trocken Rieslings from Germany, when they are made with ripe enough grapes.”
Austria and Alsace are also great destinations for Riesling. Both seem to be able to do dry Riesling really well, without it being austere or awkward.
Exploring Riesling by Style
Order Code: WSRIES
The majority of German Riesling is made in a dry style.
Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett
Order Code: VERIEK
Balancing some residual sugar with very high acidity is the tightrope that Riesling manages so well.
Veldenzer Elisenberg Spatlese
Order Code: VERIES
The ultimate in Riesling for some, it can get much sweeter than this but always giving great depth, complexity, balanced by very high acidity, generally lower in alcohol, an added bonus.
Exploring Riesling by Region
Zeppelin Riesling (Mulheim)
Order Code: ZEPPLI
Classic, floral, elegance, great purity.
Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen
Order Code: GEILRI
Riper, weightier, fruity, friendlier styles.
ES Riesling Trocken
Order Code: SRIES
Intense, racy, mineral.
Terra Montosa Riesling
Order Code: BTERRA
Steely, mineral, powerful.