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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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  • Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
    Schloss Saarstein Riesling QbA 2008
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    • Valckenberg Gewurztraminer Pfalz QbA 2008 Front Label
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      • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008 Front Label
        J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008
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        J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2008
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      • Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008 Front Label
        Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008
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      • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Riesling Classic 2008 Front Label
        Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Riesling Classic 2008
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      • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
        Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2008
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      • Blue Nun Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Blue Nun Riesling 2008
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        • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2008 Front Label
          Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2008
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          • Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
            Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2008
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            • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2008 Front Label
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            • Markus Molitor Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2008 Front Label
              Markus Molitor Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2008
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            • S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2008 Front Label
              S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2008
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              • Von Kesselstatt RK Estate Riesling 2008 Front Label
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                • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2008 Front Label
                  J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2008
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                • Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2008 Front Label
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                • Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling Spatlese 2008 Front Label
                  Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling Spatlese 2008
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                • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2008 Front Label
                  J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2008
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                • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2008 Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2008
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                • St. Urbans-Hof Mosel Estate Riesling QbA 2008 Front Label
                  St. Urbans-Hof Mosel Estate Riesling QbA 2008
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                • Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2008 Front Label
                  Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2008
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                • Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2008 Front Label
                  Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2008
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                • Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2008 Front Label
                  Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2008
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                • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2008 Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2008
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