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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 Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Mosel, Germany
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    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Kabinett Riesling (1 Liter) 2017 Front Label
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    • Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II 2017  Front Label
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      • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2019  Front Label
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        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine (500ML) 2016  Front Label
        Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine (500ML) 2016
        Other Dessert from Rheinhessen, Germany
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        • Wittmann Spatburgunder 2017  Front Label
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          • Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir 2018  Front Label
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            • Louis Guntrum Riesling Royal Blue 2019  Front Label
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              • RELAX Riesling 2019  Front Label
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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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                • Weingut Enderle & Moll Liaison Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Baden, Germany
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                  • Von Winning Riesling Sekt Extra Brut  Front Label
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                    • Saint M Riesling 2017 Front Label
                      Saint M Riesling 2017
                      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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