It’s hard to know how sweet a riesling is going to be until you take a sip – but knowing how sweet it’ll taste is important before you choose the wine, especially for food matching. It also makes it easier to choose a riesling that suits your taste buds!

Riesling labels will often state the “residual sugar” in grams – and sometimes the acidity. But it’s the balance between sugar and acidity that determines how sweet the wine tastes.

We’d like to see more wine labels use the International Riesling Foundation’s “taste profile” scale (see below). This scale ranges from dry to sweet and is an indication of the perceived sweetness (how it tastes) rather than measured sweetness.

taste profile scale

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