Riesling Renaissance: Around the World With 5 Wines with Cheeses, Corned Beef #RieslingDay

cheese with Riesling!!

Happy Birthday Riesling, you’re another year older today!

On March 13, Riesling celebrates its 586th birthday– and we’re celebrating with five wines from around the world!

Why March 13?

Riesling’s first mention in a written document occurred on this day in 1435 in an invoice from Klaus Kleinfisch to his lord, Count Johann IV of Katzenelnbogen, for the purchase of Riesling vines to be planted next to the fort he was building, according to Wines of Germany.

While Riesling is grown around the world, most people associate the grape with Germany where Riesling grows in 25% of the vineyards, and 45 percent of all Rieslings in the world grow there– 56k acres!  Riesling spread quickly in Germany due in part to the long maturation period and frost resistance. In the Rheingau and on the Mosel documents show Riesling growing there  dating back to the years 1435 or 1465.

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