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As the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region, Germany faces some of the most extreme climatic and topographic challenges in viticulture. But fortunately this country’s star variety, Riesling, is cold-hardy enough to survive freezing winters, and has enough natural acidity to create balance, even in wines with the highest levels of residual sugar. Riesling responds splendidly to Germany’s variable terroir, allowing the country to build its reputation upon fine wines at all points of the sweet to dry spectrum, many of which can age for decades.

Classified by ripeness at harvest, Riesling can be picked early for dry wines or as late as January following the harvest for lusciously sweet wines. There are six levels in Germany’s ripeness classification, ordered from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While these classifications don’t exactly match the sweetness levels of the finished wines, the Kabinett category will include the drier versions and anything above Auslese will have noticeable—if not noteworthy—sweetness. Eiswein is always remarkably sweet.

Other important white varieties include Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The red, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), grown in warmer pockets of the country can be both elegant and structured.

As the fourth largest wine producer in Europe (after France, Italy and Spain), in contrast to its more Mediterranean neighbors, Germany produces about as much as it consumes—and is also the largest importer of wine in the E.U.

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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WW90
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  • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
      Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • WE90
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    • Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
      Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
      Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2019  Front Label
      Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
        Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2019
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • WE94
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        • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2019  Front Label
          Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2019
          Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
          • JS92
          • WE91
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        • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Maximin Grunhauser Mosel Riesling Brut Sekt 2016  Front Label
          Maximin Grunhauser Mosel Riesling Brut Sekt 2016
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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          • Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
            Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2019
            Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
            • JS91
            • WE89
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          • Funf Riesling  Front Label
            Funf Riesling
            Riesling from Germany
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            • Villa Wolf Pfalz  Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
              Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir 2019
              Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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              • Schafer-Frohlich Vulkangestein Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                Schafer-Frohlich Vulkangestein Riesling Trocken 2018
                Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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              • Dr. Loosen Dr L Sparkling Riesling Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Dr L Sparkling Riesling
                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Germany
                • WE91
                • TP91
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              • Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Ahr, Germany
                • WE94
                • W&S91
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              • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese 2019  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • RP92
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              • Von Buhl Pfalz Riesling Brut Sekt 2017  Front Label
                Von Buhl Pfalz Riesling Brut Sekt 2017
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Pfalz, Germany
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              • Von Buhl Pfalz Bone Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
                Von Buhl Pfalz Bone Dry Riesling 2019
                Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                • Schmitt Sohne Rheinhessen Ice Wine (500ML) 2016  Front Label
                  Schmitt Sohne Rheinhessen Ice Wine (500ML) 2016
                  Other Dessert from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                  • A. Christmann Pfalz Riesling Trocken 2019  Front Label
                    A. Christmann Pfalz Riesling Trocken 2019
                    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                  • Dr. Hermann Mosel Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                    Dr. Hermann Mosel Riesling Trocken 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Von Winning Winnings Riesling 2019  Front Label
                      Von Winning Winnings Riesling 2019
                      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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