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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 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Fitz-Ritter Durkheimer Hochbenn Riesling Sekt  Front Label
    Fitz-Ritter Durkheimer Hochbenn Riesling Sekt
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    • Maximin Grunhaus Schloss Riesling 2020  Front Label
      Maximin Grunhaus Schloss Riesling 2020
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
      Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2019  Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2020  Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2020
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Gewurztraminer 2019  Front Label
      Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Gewurztraminer 2019
      Gewurztraminer from Rheinhessen, Germany
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      • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
        Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Kabinett 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020  Front Label
        Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
        Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken 2020
        Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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      • Prost Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Prost Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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        • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
          Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Prost Pfalz Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Prost Pfalz Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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          • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
            Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020
            Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2020  Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, 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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            • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
              Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2020
              Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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            • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020  Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2020  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Pfeffingen Dry Scheurebe 2019  Front Label
              Pfeffingen Dry Scheurebe 2019
              Other White Wine from Pfalz, Germany
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            • Maximin Grunhaus Mosel Riesling Brut Sekt 2018  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhaus Mosel Riesling Brut Sekt 2018
              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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              • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
                Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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