Riesling makes an intensely aromatic wine, with aromas of peaches, green apple, lime zest, and lemon curd. The best examples also possess notes of baking spices. Because of the intense aromatics, Riesling is never aged in oak. All of its aromas come from the fruit itself.
Most Americans are familiar with sweet Riesling from Germany or Washington state. Wines from Germany are ranked by how ripe the fruit is and thus how sweet the wines are: Kabinett (dry to off-dry), Spatlesse (sweet), Auslese (even sweeter), Beeranauslese (really sweet), and Trockenbeeranauslese (super-duper sweet).
Food Pairing: Spicy or salty foods
Pronunciation: REE sling