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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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  • Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2006 Front Label
    Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2006
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    • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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    • Carl Graff Kabinett Riesling 2006 Front Label
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      • Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 2006 Front Label
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        • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2006 Front Label
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        • Vertikal Wines Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Auslese 2006
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          • S.A. Prum Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett Riesling 2006 Front Label
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            • Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2006 Front Label
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              • Clean Slate Riesling 2006 Front Label
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                • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2006 Front Label
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                • Rudolph Muller Riesling Kabinett 2006 Front Label
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                  • Saint M Riesling 2006 Front Label
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                    • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2006 Front Label
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                    • Josef Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2006
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                      • Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2006 Front Label
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                        • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 2006 Front Label
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                        • Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese 2006 Front Label
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                        • Josef Rosch Trittenheim Apotheke Riesling Spatlese *** (500ML bottle) 2006
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                          • S.A. Prum Blue Riesling Kabinett 2006 Front Label
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                            • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese Riesling (scuffed labels) 2006 Front Label
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