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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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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 1998 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 1998
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    • J.J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 1998 Front Label
      J.J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 1998
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      • Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Kabinett (half-bottle) 1998
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          • Deinhard Pinot Blanc 1998
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            • Deinhard Pinot Gris 1998
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              • Schmitt Sohne Zeller Schwarze Katz QbA 1998
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                • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett 1998
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                  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese Trocken 1998
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                    • Gunderloch Riesling Diva Spatlese (1.5L) 1998
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                      • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 1998
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                        • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 1998 Front Label
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                            • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1998
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                            • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Eiswein 1998 Front Label
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                              • Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein 1998 Front Label
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