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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 white wine 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 German wine 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 German white wine varieties include Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The red wine, 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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    Weingut Burg Ravensburg Baden Blaufrankisch 2017
    Blaufrankisch from Baden, Germany
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    • Weingut Friedrich Becker Kammerberg Pinot Noir Grosses Gewachs 2017  Front Label
      Weingut Friedrich Becker Kammerberg Pinot Noir Grosses Gewachs 2017
      Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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    • Weingut Fritz Windisch Mozart Niersteiner Auflangen Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
      Weingut Fritz Windisch Mozart Niersteiner Auflangen Riesling Spatlese 2017
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      • Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Ahr, Germany
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      • Markus Molitor Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
        Markus Molitor Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett 2017
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Weingut Ziereisen Baden Blauer Spatburgunder 2017  Front Label
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        • Weingut Fritz Windisch Niersteiner Auflangen Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
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          • Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett 2017 Front Label
            Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett 2017
            Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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          • Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken 2017 Front Label
            Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken 2017
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Hermann Dr. H. Mosel Riesling 2017 Front Label
            Dr. Hermann Dr. H. Mosel Riesling 2017
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Schmitt Sohne Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2017 Front Label
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              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Schlossgut Diel Nahe Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                Schlossgut Diel Nahe Riesling Kabinett 2017
                Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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              • Loosen Bros. Dr. L Dry Riesling 2017 Front Label
                Loosen Bros. Dr. L Dry Riesling 2017
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2017  Front Label
                Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2017
                Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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              • Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2017 Front Label
                Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2017
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Weingut Darting Durkheimer Hochbenn Riesling Kabinett 2017 Front Label
                Weingut Darting Durkheimer Hochbenn Riesling Kabinett 2017
                Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                • S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2017 Front Label
                  S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2017
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Selbach Oster Mosel Riesling Kabinett 2017 Front Label
                    Selbach Oster Mosel Riesling Kabinett 2017
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2017  Front Label
                    Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2017
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
                      Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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                    • Von Buhl Pfalz Bone Dry Riesling 2017 Front Label
                      Von Buhl Pfalz Bone Dry Riesling 2017
                      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                    • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                      Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2017
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Eugen Muller Vom Basalt Pechstein Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                      Eugen Muller Vom Basalt Pechstein Riesling Kabinett 2017
                      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                      • Eugen Muller Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Spatlese 2017
                        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                        • Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling 2017 Front Label
                          Burklin-Wolf Pfalz Estate Riesling 2017
                          Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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