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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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  • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP94
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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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    4.2 54 Ratings
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  • Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling 2020  Front Label
    Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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    • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir Rose 2020  Front Label
      Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir Rose 2020
      Rosé from Pfalz, Germany
      • WW91
      4.0 27 Ratings
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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
      • W&S90
      4.3 40 Ratings
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      • Weingut Friedrich Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
        Weingut Friedrich Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015
        Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
        • WW91
        • WS90
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      • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
        Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
        • WE91
        4.3 15 Ratings
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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
        4.0 12 Ratings
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      • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
        • RP91
        • WE91
        3.9 30 Ratings
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      • Fritz Muller Muller-Thurgau Secco  Front Label
        Fritz Muller Muller-Thurgau Secco
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Rheinhessen, Germany
        • WE90
        4.3 10 Ratings
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      • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
          3.8 6 Ratings
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
          • JS94
          • RP89
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        • Wittmann Rheinhessen Spatburgunder Trocken 2018  Front Label
          Wittmann Rheinhessen Spatburgunder Trocken 2018
          Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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          • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
            S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
            • W&S94
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          • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
            Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
              Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2018
              Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
              • WE91
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            • Henkell Finest Sparkling Wine Brut  Front Label
              Henkell Finest Sparkling Wine Brut
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Germany
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              • August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2020  Front Label
                August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2020
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
                • JS93
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              • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • JS93
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              • A. Christmann Pfalz Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                A. Christmann Pfalz Riesling Trocken 2020
                Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
                • JS92
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              • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
                • JS91
                • RP90
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              • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2020  Front Label
                Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2020
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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                • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling QbA 2020  Front Label
                  Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling QbA 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Selbach Mosel Incline Riesling 2019  Front Label
                    Selbach Mosel Incline Riesling 2019
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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