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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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  • Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016  Front Label
    Selbach Kabinett Riesling (Fish Label) 2016
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      Maximin Grunhauser Sekt Brut Riesling 2016
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Mosel, Germany
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      • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2016  Front Label
        Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2016
        Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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      • Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine (500ML) 2016  Front Label
        Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine (500ML) 2016
        Other Dessert from Rheinhessen, Germany
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        • S.A. Prum Blue Riesling Kabinett 2016  Front Label
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          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese 2016  Front Label
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          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • RELAX Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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