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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 white wine 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 German wine 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 German white wine varieties include Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The red wine, 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 Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2020
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    • Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2021  Front Label
      Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2021
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
        Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
        Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2020
        Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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      • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
        Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020  Front Label
          Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2021  Front Label
          Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2021
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany
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          • Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
            Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
            J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Zilliken Butterfly Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Zilliken Butterfly Mosel Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
            J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Monchhof Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Monchhof Mosel Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Pfeffingen Dry Riesling 2019  Front Label
              Pfeffingen Dry Riesling 2019
              Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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            • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2016  Front Label
              S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2016
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Loosen Bros. Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
                Loosen Bros. Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Maximin Grunhaus Schloss Riesling 2020  Front Label
                  Maximin Grunhaus Schloss Riesling 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                • Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020  Front Label
                  Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
                  Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                  Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Rebholz Pfalz Dry Pinot Blanc 2020  Front Label
                    Rebholz Pfalz Dry Pinot Blanc 2020
                    Pinot Blanc from Pfalz, Germany
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                    • Prost Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
                      Prost Rheinhessen Dry Riesling 2020
                      Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                      • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                        Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                      • J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                        J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2018
                        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                      • Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
                        Villa Wolf Pfalz Dry Riesling 2020
                        Riesling from Pfalz, Germany
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