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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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  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP92
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WS92
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP95
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WE91
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • RP94
    • WS94
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  • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Muller-Catoir Haardt Muskateller Trocken 2017  Front Label
    Muller-Catoir Haardt Muskateller Trocken 2017
    Muscat from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018 Front Label
    Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • WS91
    • WE89
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  • Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Maximin Grunhauser Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2013 Front Label
    Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2018
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • WS90
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  • St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese 2016  Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese 2016
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
    • RP93
    • WE92
    • WS92
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