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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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  • Burklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
    Burklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Muller-Catoir Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Muller-Catoir Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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  • Von Kesselstatt Riesling Josephshofer TBA (half-bottle) 1989 Front Label
    Von Kesselstatt Riesling Josephshofer TBA (half-bottle) 1989
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2014
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  • Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2002 Front Label
    Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2002
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2005
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese (375ML Half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese (375ML Half-bottle) 2005
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (375ML half-bottle) 2014
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  • Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Cap Auslese Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Cap Auslese Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2001
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Beerenauslese (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Beerenauslese Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
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  • August Kesseler Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck TBA (375ml) 1999 Front Label
    August Kesseler Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck TBA (375ml) 1999
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
    Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (375ML half-bottle) 2001
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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  • Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Beerenauslese (375ML) 2003 Front Label
    Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Beerenauslese (375ML) 2003
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Georg Breuer Rudesheimer Berg Riesling TBA (375ML) 2002 Front Label
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    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese A P #1403 (375ml half-bottle) 2002
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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