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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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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2018
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    • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Rheinhessen, 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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      • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2018  Front Label
        J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Goldkapsel Auslese 2018  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Goldkapsel Auslese 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir 2018  Front Label
          Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir 2018
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Nahe, Germany
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          • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018 Front Label
            Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Bottle Shot
            Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018
            Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
            • WS90
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          • Wittmann Spatburgunder 2018  Front Label
            Wittmann Spatburgunder 2018
            Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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          • Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
            Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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          • Dr. Hermann Trocken Riesling 2018  Front Label
            Dr. Hermann Trocken Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Villa Wolf Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Villa Wolf Sauvignon Blanc 2018
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pfalz, Germany
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              • Josef Leitz Feinherb Riesling 2018  Front Label
                Josef Leitz Feinherb Riesling 2018
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                • Dr. Thanisch Feinherb Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                  Dr. Thanisch Feinherb Riesling Kabinett 2018
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Weingut Dr Heyden Silvaner Alte Reben 2018  Front Label
                    Weingut Dr Heyden Silvaner Alte Reben 2018
                    Silvaner from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                    • A. Christmann Riesling 2018  Front Label
                      A. Christmann Riesling 2018
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                      • Bassermann-Jordan Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                        Bassermann-Jordan Riesling Trocken 2018
                        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                      • Weingut Becker Pinot Blanc 2018  Front Label
                        Weingut Becker Pinot Blanc 2018
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                        • Weingut Becker Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
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                          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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                          • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
                            Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2018
                            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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