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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 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2012 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Capsule Riesling Auslese 2012
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      • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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        • Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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        • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2012 Front Label
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          • Cupcake Vineyards Riesling 2012 Front Label
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            • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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            • J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2012 Front Label
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              • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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              • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2012 Front Label
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              • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                    • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Auslese 2012 Front Label
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                    • Dr. Hermann Dr. H. Mosel Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                      • St. Urbans-Hof Mosel Estate Riesling QbA 2012 Front Label
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                      • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling QbA 2012 Front Label
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                      • August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                      • Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Rheinhessen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                      • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
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                      • Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling 2012 Front Label
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