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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 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2014  Front Label
        S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2014
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2019  Front Label
        Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2019
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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      • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2018  Front Label
        J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Bassermann-Jordan Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
        Bassermann-Jordan Riesling Trocken 2018
        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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      • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2019
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Villa Wolf Riesling Dry 2019  Front Label
        Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2019
        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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        • WE89
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      • Funf Riesling  Front Label
        Funf Riesling
        Riesling from Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2019
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2019  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2019
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Selbach Mosel Riesling Kabinett (Fish Label) 2017  Front Label
          Selbach Mosel Riesling Kabinett (Fish Label) 2017
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          • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2019 Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2019
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2019  Front Label
              Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2019
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
                Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2019
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • WE91
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              • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Label
                Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • WS91
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              • S.A. Prum  Mosel Riesling Kabinett Blue 2016  Front Label
                S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Kabinett Blue 2016
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir Rose 2020  Front Label
                Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir Rose 2020
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                • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2019  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2019
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Dr. Loosen Riesling Extra Dry Sekt  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Riesling Extra Dry Sekt
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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                • Weingut Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
                  Weingut Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015
                  Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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                • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
                  J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2019
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 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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