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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 Superior 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Superior 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Sparkling Riesling Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Sparkling Riesling
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2015  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2015
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    • Schmitt Sohne Relax Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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      • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
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        • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2015  Front Label
          S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2015
          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
          Pinot Noir from Rheingau, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2017  Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2017
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Heinz Eifel Shine Dornfelder Sweet Red 2018  Front Label
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            • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling Dry 2018 Front Label
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              • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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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              • A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett Riesling 2017 Front Label
                A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett Riesling 2017
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018  Front Label
                  Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018
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                  • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling 2018  Front Label
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                    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                    • Hexamer Quarzit Riesling 2016  Front Label
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                      Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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                      • Schmitt Sohne Funf Riesling Front Label
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                        • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
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                        • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                          Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Noir 2017
                          Pinot Noir from Mosel, Germany
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