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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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  • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
    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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    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Superior 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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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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 Alte Reben Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Alte Reben Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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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  • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2018  Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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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  • Weingut Enderle & Moll Liaison Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Baden, Germany
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Blanc 2017  Front Label
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  • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Blue Riesling Kabinett 2016  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Blue Riesling Kabinett 2016
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Sekt Dry  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Riesling Sekt Dry
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Estate Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Estate Kabinett 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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    Clean Slate Riesling 2018
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    • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2018  Front Label
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      • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Spatlese 2018  Front Label
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        • St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2018  Front Label
          St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018 Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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