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January 2014
Varietal Focus: Riesling
by Lance Cutler
Riesling is an aromatic white grape that originated in the Rhine region of Germany. DNA fingerprinting suggests that Riesling comes from Gouais Blanc (Heunisch in Germany) and is a cross between Traminer and wild vines. The grape is noted for perfumed aromas of citrus, apple, peach and apricot, along with high acidity. Riesling can be made in a wide variety of styles, from dry to very sweet. It is infrequently blended with other grape varieties, rarely receives oak aging and hardly ever undergoe...
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