Riesling is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is - if the majority of top wine critics are to be believed - the world's finest white wine grape variety.
For many, the claim above may seem at odds with the sea of chaptalized, low-quality wine exported from Germany in the late 20th century. In truth, very little of that infamous wine was Riesling at all (Riesling became a scapegoat for higher-yielding grapes such as Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner), but the reputation has nonetheless stuck. No less unshakeable a stereotype is of Riesling as just a 'sweet' grape, used only to make sticky wines. Although founded on a basic truth ( ... more
Piesport is a small town on a sharp bend in the Mosel river, in the Mosel wine district of Germany. It has been producing wine since Roman times. In fact, in 1985 a fourth-century Roman wine press was discovered here – the largest ever found north of the Alps.
Piesport's perilously steep northern bank, with its pure southerly aspect, is the origin of some of the Mosel's finest Rieslings, particularly from the two sites deemed Erste Lage ('premier cru') – Goldtropfchen and Schubertslay. But a vast quantity of ordinary wine, often from inferior varieties such as Muller-Thurgau and ... more
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