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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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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WW90
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  • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019  Front Label
    Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroopfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2019  Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2019
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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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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  • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019  Front Label
    Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2019
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Riesling Kabinett (1 Liter) 2020  Front Label
      Weingut Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Riesling Kabinett (1 Liter) 2020
      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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      • Donnhoff Nahe Estate Riesling Feinherb 2020  Front Label
        Donnhoff Nahe Estate Riesling Feinherb 2020
        Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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        • Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Rheinhessen Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
          Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Rheinhessen Riesling Kabinett 2019
          Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
          • JS92
          4.3 6 Ratings
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2020  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
          • JS94
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        • Funf Riesling  Front Label
          Funf Riesling
          Riesling from Germany
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          • Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
            Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2019
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2020
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Von Winning Pfalz Sauvignon Blanc II 2017  Front Label
                Von Winning Pfalz Sauvignon Blanc II 2017
                Sauvignon Blanc from Pfalz, Germany
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                • Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
                  Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2020
                  Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                  • Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
                    Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
                    • WE91
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                  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
                    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • The Seeker Mosel Riesling 2018  Front Label
                      The Seeker Mosel Riesling 2018
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                      • WW89
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                    • Von Winning Estate Riesling Trocken 2019  Front Label
                      Von Winning Estate Riesling Trocken 2019
                      Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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                      • Monchhof Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese 2019  Front Label
                        Monchhof Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese 2019
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                        • Villa Wolf Pfalz Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                          Villa Wolf Pfalz Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                          Sauvignon Blanc from Pfalz, Germany
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                          • Dr. Hermann Mosel Riesling Trocken 2019  Front Label
                            Dr. Hermann Mosel Riesling Trocken 2019
                            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                            • Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Riesling Royal Blue 2020  Front Label
                              Louis Guntrum Rheinhessen Riesling Royal Blue 2020
                              Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                              • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                                Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020
                                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                              • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2020  Front Label
                                Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2020
                                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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