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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. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2005
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005
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  • Baron zu Knyphausen Kiedricher Sandgrub Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
    Baron zu Knyphausen Kiedricher Sandgrub Riesling Spatlese 2005
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  • Baron zu Knyphausen Riesling QbA 2005 Front Label
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    • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2005 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2005
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
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      • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2005 Front Label
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      • Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005 Front Label
        Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005
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        • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2005 Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2005
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        • Schmitt Sohne Liebfraumilch QbA 2005 Front Label
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          • Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 2005 Front Label
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            • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2005 Front Label
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              • Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2005 Front Label
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              • Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese 2005 Front Label
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              • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
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              • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2005 Front Label
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              • Valckenberg Gewurztraminer Pfalz QbA 2005 Front Label
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                • Kuhl Riesling 2005 Front Label
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                  • Rudolph Muller Riesling Pfalz 2005
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                    • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2005 Front Label
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                      • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
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                        • Schloss Wallhausen Two Princes 2005 Front Label
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