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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 Dr. L Riesling 2018 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Clean Slate Riesling 2018 Front Label
      Clean Slate Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
        Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
          Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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          • RELAX Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            RELAX Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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            • Clean Slate Pinot Noir Rose 2017  Front Label
              Clean Slate Pinot Noir Rose 2017
              Rosé from Mosel, Germany
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              • Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016  Front Label
                Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose 2018 Front Label
                  Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose 2018
                  Rosé from Pfalz, Germany
                  • WW89
                  4.0 63 Ratings
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                • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • WE93
                  • RP90
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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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                  • RELAX Riesling 2018  Front Label
                    RELAX Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Label
                      August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018
                      Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                      • Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016 Front Label
                        Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016
                        Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                        • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018 Front Label
                          S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018
                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                          • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018  Front Label
                            Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018
                            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
                              Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
                              Riesling from Nahe, Germany
                              • WW90
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                            • Funf Riesling  Front Label
                              Funf Riesling
                              Riesling from Germany
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                              • Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                                Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett 2018
                                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                                • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
                                  Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2018
                                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                                  • Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018  Front Label
                                    Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018
                                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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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
                                      • W&S93
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                                    • Paul Anheuser Schlossboeckelheimer Koenigsfels Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                                      Paul Anheuser Schlossboeckelheimer Koenigsfels Riesling Kabinett 2017
                                      Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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                                      • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2018 Front Bottle Shot
                                        Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2018
                                        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                                        • Dr. Thanisch Kabinett Feinherb Riesling 2018 Front Label
                                          Dr. Thanisch Kabinett Feinherb Riesling 2018
                                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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