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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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  • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018 Front Bottle Shot
    Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    • WE91
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE90
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • TP93
    • WS92
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  • Clean Slate Riesling 2018 Front Label
    Clean Slate Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RELAX Riesling 2018  Front Label
      RELAX Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
        Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018  Front Label
          Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Label
            August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018
            Riesling from Rheingau, 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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              • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
                Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
                Riesling from Nahe, Germany
                • WW90
                • V90
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              • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
                Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2018
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • St. Urbans-Hof Urban Riesling 2018  Front Label
                  St. Urbans-Hof Urban Riesling 2018
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                    Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018
                    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                    • Heinz Eifel Shine Dornfelder Sweet Red 2018  Front Label
                      Heinz Eifel Shine Dornfelder Sweet Red 2018
                      Other Red Wine from Germany
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                      • Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2018 Front Label
                        Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2018
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018
                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2018  Front Label
                          J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2018
                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • The Seeker Riesling 2018  Front Label
                          The Seeker Riesling 2018
                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                          • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2018 Front Bottle Shot
                            Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2018
                            Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                            • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
                              Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                              Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018
                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                              • W&S91
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                            • Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018  Front Label
                              Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2018
                              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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