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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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  • Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
    Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2001
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    • Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
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    • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001 Front Label
      J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001
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    • Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese GK A P# 4002 (375ml half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese GK A P# 4002 (375ml half-bottle) 2001
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      • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2001 Front Label
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      • Von Othegraven Kanzemer Altenberg Spatlese 2001 Front Label
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      • Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
        Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spatlese 2001
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      • Anton Zimmermann Bernkastel-Kueser Weisenstein Riesling Auslese 2001 Front Label
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        • Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Spatlese 2001 Front Label
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        • Heyl zu Herrnsheim Riesling Kabinett 2001
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          • Carl von Schubert Maximim Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
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          • Dr. Thanisch Estate Riesling QbA 2001 Front Label
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            • Weingut Mittelrhein Bopparder Hamm Feurerlay Riesling Spatlese Gutsabfullung 2001 Front Label
              Weingut Mittelrhein Bopparder Hamm Feurerlay Riesling Spatlese Gutsabfullung 2001
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              • Von Simmern Riesling Kabinett Erbacher Marcobrunn 2001
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                        • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2001
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                        • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2001
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                        • J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
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