For many wine lovers, Riesling from France's Alsace region is the benchmark by which all Rieslings are measured. Considered the best land for raising Riesling, Alsace's high elevations and proximity to the Rhine make for superb terroir for hearty whites. Our Alsatian Riesling is a classic Haut-Rhin, high-elevation wine in the French style -- no candy-coating or greasy kid stuff.

Abarbanel Riesling is packed with plenty of perfume and floral notes to delight the nose and infused with tons of tang, spices, herbal and citrus notes to tantalize the tongue. Hand-harvested, Mevushal and attractively priced. Pared best with Asian cuisine such as sushi, Thai and Chinese. It's also great with anything with some spice, like Cajun or Moroccan fish. Wonderful with turkey and hearty roasts as well. Serve slightly chilled (an hour in the fridge will do).

The 2012 harvest in Alsace was conducted under the new stringent maximum vine yield regulations by varietal type as set forth by the Alsatian Wine Council -- this means careful pruning to eliminate heavy grape yields to engender greater fruit concentration in those grapes that literally "make the cut."

The climate in Alsace nice and dry with temperate summers and cold winters which afford the vines an extended hibernation period. This is one of the only kosher and Mevushal Rieslings from Alsace and Abarbanel was the first kosher wine producer to bring kosher Alsatian wines to the U.S. twenty years ago. Under the strict Orthodox supervision of the Badatz of Strasbourg. Mevushal.

This wine should be served chilled and is best when paired the Asian and spicy cuisines (Spanish, Cajun, etc.) or it is one of the few white wines that will hold its own against steaks, roasts and chops.


jewish week
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Abarbanel, Old Vine Riesling, Batch 66, Vin D'Alsace, France, 2012 ($19):
This lovely if slightly restrained wine offers classic citrus-flint and floral aromatics followed on the palate with the fresh, racy tang of citrus, spice, and herbs, with enough of the acidity and nerve one associates with Alsace to keep it vivacious, and food friendly. Mevushal.

Abarbanel Riesling Alsace Mevushal 2002
"A piercing floral and mineral scent segues into peach and ripe apple in this elegant and dry white. It's not that complex, just pure and balanced. Good lingering finish.
Drink now through 2008."

Wine Spectator
July 31, 2004

Abarbanel Riesling Alsace Mevushal 1999
"Round and expressive, showing peach, apple and mineral flavors on a firm backbone of acidity. It's dry and tight on the finish, but should go well with food. Kosher.Best from 2002 through 200."

Wine Spectator
October 15, 2001

Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2004
"True Alsatian Riesling: dry, peppery and earthy, with real backbone. Very easy to drink and great with all kinds of food. Anyone who thinks of Riesling as sweet, simple and wimpy should taste this."

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher
The Wall Street Journal
March 28th, 2009

Abarbanel Riesling, Vin d'Alsace, France
"The one kosher Alsatian Riesling available in the United States is Abarbanel, a dry, bright-straw colored, medium-bodied wine with a lovely bouquet of oranges, limes, mangoes and honey, and a fruity flavor of lemons and grapefruit, with a hint of minerals. Abarbanel Riesling is well balanced... and compliments many foods."

Gabriel Kronemer
The N.Y. Jewish Week, August 2005

Abarbanel Riesling, Vin d'Alsace, France
"This estate bottled wine has lovely aromas of apples and citrus blossoms. The well balanced texture has dry, crisp flavors of apples, oranges and peaches. Wonderful acidity and concentration typical of fine wines from Alsace."

Dave DeSimone
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2001

Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 1999
"The Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 1999 Estate Bottled is floral and fruity, with hints of dried apricot on the palate and green apple on the finish. A perfect choice to accompany spicy food."

Deborah and Howard Spiegelman
Washington Jewish Week, March 2001


Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
May 2002

Bronze Medal
Indy International Wine Competitition
July 2005

Bronze Medal
Tasters Guild International
April 2004


2016 Abarbanel Brand Wines