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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 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 1999 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 1999
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  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett 1999
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  • Hubinger Auslese Piesporter Michelsberg 1999
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    • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese 1999
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    • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg QbA 1999
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      • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 1999 Front Label
        Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 1999
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      • Schmitt Sohne Mosel Sweet Riesling 1999
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        • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Auslese 1999
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          • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Spatlese 1999
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            • J.J. Prum Estate Riesling 1999
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              • Schmitt Sohne Liebfraumilch QbA 1999
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                • Schmitt Sohne Rheinhessen Riesling QbA 1999
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                  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 1999
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                  • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese (half-bottle) 1999
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                    • Gunderloch Rheinhessen Riesling Spatlese Diva 1999
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                      • Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 1999
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                        • Schmitt Sohne Liebfraumilch QbA (1.5L) 1999
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                          • Schmitt Sohne Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 1999 Front Label
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                            • J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 1999
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                            • Georg Breuer Terra Montosa 1999 Front Label
                              Georg Breuer Terra Montosa 1999
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                            • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 1999
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                              • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Dry 1999
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