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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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  • Weingut Gunther Steinmetz Brauenberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
    Weingut Gunther Steinmetz Brauenberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2017  Front Label
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  • Von Buhl Pfalz Bone Dry Riesling 2017 Front Label
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  • August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2017 Front Label
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    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Luminance 2017  Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017
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  • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2017  Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Wittmann 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Wittmann 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2017
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  • Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
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  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 2017  Front Label
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
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    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Blanc 2017  Front Label
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  • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2017
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  • Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2017  Front Label
    Wittmann Rheinhessen Estate Riesling Trocken 2017
    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2017  Front Label
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2017  Front Label
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    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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