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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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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • August Kesseler The Daily August Trocken Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    August Kesseler The Daily August Trocken Pinot Noir 2016
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
      Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
      Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
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      Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
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    • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2018  Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Blanc 2018  Front Label
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Alte Reben Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Maximin Grunhauser Alte Reben Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Wittmann 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2017  Front Label
      Wittmann 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2017
      Pinot Blanc from Rheinhessen, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018  Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
      Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018
      Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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      • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2017  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2017
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Kabinett Trocken Riesling 2016  Front Label
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        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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        • Saint M Riesling 2017 Front Label
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          • Dr. Thanisch Kabinett Feinherb Riesling 2018 Front Label
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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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              • Karthauserhof Riesling Ruwer Trocken 2013  Front Label
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                • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018
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                • S.A. Prum Blue Riesling Kabinett 2016  Front Label
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                • Dr. Hermann Trocken Riesling 2018  Front Label
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                  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Sekt Dry  Front Label
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                  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
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                  • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2017  Front Label
                    Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2017
                    Riesling from Mosel, 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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