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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 2019  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016  Front Label
    Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Clean Slate Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Clean Slate Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling Dry 2019  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling Dry 2019
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Kabinett Riesling (1 Liter) 2017 Front Label
          Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Kabinett Riesling (1 Liter) 2017
          Riesling from Germany
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          • Wittmann Spatburgunder 2017  Front Label
            Wittmann Spatburgunder 2017
            Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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            • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014  Front Label
              S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
              Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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            • A. Christmann Riesling Pfalz 2018  Front Label
              A. Christmann Riesling Pfalz 2018
              Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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            • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2013 Front Label
              Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2013
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018 Front Label
              Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • WS93
              • RP92
              • W&S92
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            • Maximin Grunhauser Sekt Brut Riesling 2016  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhauser Sekt Brut Riesling 2016
              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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              • Heinz Eifel Shine Dornfelder Sweet Red 2018  Front Label
                Heinz Eifel Shine Dornfelder Sweet Red 2018
                Other Red Wine from Germany
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                • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                  J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Schmitt Sohne Riesling QbA 2019  Front Label
                  Schmitt Sohne Riesling QbA 2019
                  Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                  • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Bottle Shot
                    Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018
                    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                  • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Blanc 2018  Front Label
                    Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Blanc 2018
                    Pinot Blanc from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
                    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir 2018  Front Label
                    Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir 2018
                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Nahe, Germany
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                    • Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt Durkheimer Hochbenn  Front Label
                      Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt Durkheimer Hochbenn
                      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Pfalz, Germany
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                      • Selbach Incline Riesling 2017 Front Label
                        Selbach Incline Riesling 2017
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                          Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018
                          Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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