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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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  • St. Urbans-Hof Mosel Estate Riesling QbA 2009 Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Mosel Estate Riesling QbA 2009
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  • J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2009
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Side Yard Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2009 Front Label
    Side Yard Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2009
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    • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
      J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2009
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    • August Kesseler Silvaner Riesling 2009 Front Label
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    • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2009 Front Label
      J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2009
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    • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2009 Front Label
      J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2009
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Karthauserhof Ruwer Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2009 Front Label
      Karthauserhof Ruwer Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2009
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2009
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Maximin Grunhauser Riesling QbA Trocken 2009 Front Label
      Maximin Grunhauser Riesling QbA Trocken 2009
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Robert Weil Qualitatswein Trocken Kiedrich Turmberg 2009 Front Label
      Robert Weil Qualitatswein Trocken Kiedrich Turmberg 2009
      Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    • Markus Molitor QbA Riesling 2009 Front Label
      Markus Molitor QbA Riesling 2009
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      • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2009 Front Label
        Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2009
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      • Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2009 Front Label
        Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2009
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Prinz Von Hessen H Riesling 2009 Front Label
        Prinz Von Hessen H Riesling 2009
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        • Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
          Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2009
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Villa Wolf Pfalz Gewurztraminer 2009 Front Label
          Villa Wolf Pfalz Gewurztraminer 2009
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        • Saint M Pfalz Riesling 2009 Front Label
          Saint M Pfalz Riesling 2009
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          • St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese 2009 Front Label
            St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese 2009
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2009 Front Label
            Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2009
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            • S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2009 Front Label
              S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Essence 2009
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2009 Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2009
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2009 Front Label
              Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2009
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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