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(rēs′lĭng, rēz′-)
1. A variety of grape grown in cool areas, especially in Germany and the Pacific Northwest.
2. A dry to sweet, floral white wine made from this grape.

[German, from Middle High German, variant of rueszling : perhaps ruoz, soot (from Old High German, from Germanic *hrōtaz, of unknown origin) + -ling, noun suffix indicating possession of an attribute (the grape perhaps being called "sooty" because its fruit develops blackish spots when ripe).]
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(ˈriːzlɪŋ; ˈraɪz-)
1. (Brewing) a white wine from the Rhine valley in Germany and from certain districts in other countries
2. (Plants) the grape used to make this wine
[C19: from German, from earlier Rüssling, of obscure origin]
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(ˈriz lɪŋ, ˈris-)

1. a variety of white grape used in winemaking.
2. a fragrant white wine made from this grape.
[1825–35; < German, earlier rüssling (1490), of obscure orig.]
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Noun1.Riesling - white grape grown in Europe and California
Riesling - fragrant dry or sweet white wine from the Rhine valley or a similar wine from California
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
2.Riesling - fragrant dry or sweet white wine from the Rhine valley or a similar wine from California
hock, Rhenish, Rhine wine - any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
Riesling - white grape grown in Europe and California
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n (= variety of white wine)Riesling m
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Daylight drank a full tumbler of excellent Riesling, talked a few minutes, and accounted for a second tumbler.
Daylight knew that in the hotels, Riesling, not quite so good even, was charged for at from a dollar and a half to two dollars a quart.
She encourages the waitstaff to offer a taste of Table 301's Heinz Eifel kabinett riesling from Mosel, Germany, along with a taste of its Vouvray.
IThe winners of its top 50 German wines competition have been announced and this week sees the start of its annual 31 Days German riesling campaign to encourage all to give German riesling a high-five.
The grape that has kept Gruner out of the most of the finest sites in the Danube Valley is Riesling. Austrian Riesling is like no other and can be utterly wonderful.
Even the giant Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest, boasts a wine tent where Germany's 13 wine regions showcase the wide spectrum of styles and show how the cool climate and long ripening period - grapes for top wines can continue to ripen into November - produce fragrant, flavourful whites, especially for late ripening varieties such as its trophy grape, riesling.
It was OK; I've had much better for the price but thank goodness for the riesling to give the grigio a fruity dimension and depth.
The Society's Vin d'Alsace, Hugel (PS8.50) is "kind of" a riesling because it is a blend including sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, pinot gris with gewurztraminer and muscat.
EVERY grape has its moment and, mainly thanks to the surge in popularity of Asian cuisine, this time has come for riesling.
GERMAN riesling is arguably the best value wine on the market.
The International Riesling Foundation, an international consortium of wine producers linked by their varietal choice, has in its brief life already had an impact in the U.S.