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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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  • Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt Extra Trocken 2014  Front Label
    Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt Extra Trocken 2014
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Pfalz, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Weingut Wagner Stempel Grosses Gewachs Heerkretz Riesling 2014 Front Label
    Weingut Wagner Stempel Grosses Gewachs Heerkretz Riesling 2014
    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Sekt Brut Riesling 2014  Front Label
      Maximin Grunhauser Sekt Brut Riesling 2014
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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    • St. Urbans-Hof Saarfeilser Spatlese 2014  Front Label
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      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • J.J. Christoffel Riesling 2014 Front Label
        J.J. Christoffel Riesling 2014
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett 2014 Front Label
          Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett 2014
          Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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          • Selbach Oster Riesling Feinherb 2014 Front Label
            Selbach Oster Riesling Feinherb 2014
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014 Front Label
              J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2014
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2014 Front Label
              Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2014
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Kabinett Riesling 2014 Front Label
              Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Kabinett Riesling 2014
              Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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            • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling 2014 Front Label
              Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling 2014
              Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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              • St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese 2014 Front Label
                St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese 2014
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Weingut Dautel Pinot Sekt Extra Brut 2014  Front Label
                Weingut Dautel Pinot Sekt Extra Brut 2014
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                • Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2014 Front Label
                  Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2014
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Donnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2014  Front Label
                    Donnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2014
                    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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                  • J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2014 Front Label
                    J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2014
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Saint M Riesling 2014 Front Label
                      Saint M Riesling 2014
                      Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                      • The Seeker Riesling 2014 Front Label
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                        • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2014 Front Label
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                          • Selbach Dry Riesling (Fish Label) 2014 Front Label
                            Selbach Dry Riesling (Fish Label) 2014
                            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Gessinger Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2014 Front Label
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                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                              • Weingut C. H. Berres Impulse Estate Riesling 2014 Front Label
                                Weingut C. H. Berres Impulse Estate Riesling 2014
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                                • August Kesseler N Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                                  August Kesseler N Pinot Noir 2014
                                  Pinot Noir from Rheingau, Germany
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                                • Strub Niersteiner Bruckchen Kabinett Riesling 2014 Front Label
                                  Strub Niersteiner Bruckchen Kabinett Riesling 2014
                                  Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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