Riesling Wine Recommendations

Riesling wines are food-favoring, dynamic wines that continuously gain fans at the international level.  Within this one grape varietal, there is great expression and variety, which adds to this impressive white wine grape’s versatility and interest.

Zind-Humbrecht Riesling

The Classifications of Riesling Wine

German Riesling wine labels often have complicated words and lots of hard-to-decipher industry lingo. As a result, they often intimidate customers. But if you take some time to learn what the key words mean and about the major regions where Riesling is produced, you will be reading and understanding the labels before you know it.

First, the basic classification of quality is the table wine, called Tafelwein. The next wine up is a level 5 called “Qualittsweine mit Prdikat” (QmP). This is translated as Quality wine with attributes. The wine label featured above can be found in this classification. At a level 5, you will find the ripeness classification system. This will further describe who’s who in the German Riesling circle.

Next you need to know how ripeness is classified. This is determined by when the grape was picked. Essentially, it indicates what the grape sugar levels were at picking, not what it is in the final bottled wine.

Riesling Wine

The German Riesling wines come from the beautiful Rhein and Mosel river regions. This was where the well-known white grape became well established. The Riesling type of wine is quite flexible and can be made into light and easy going wines as well as full and fruity wines.

This variety of uses means that Riesling is one of the rising stars in the world of quality wines. It has become well known to many top restaurants and goes well with a whole range of different gourmet dishes. The lightness of its flavor is helping it become even more popular.