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Germany has a strong wine and beer tradition. German wines are indeed a study of balance between acid and sugar. Many wine drinkers believe that all German wines are sweet or that all Riesling is sweet. This assumption is decidedly untrue. In fact, Germany is home to many of the finest dry wines in Europe. German wine labels and wine laws seem to do very little about making life easier for the consumer. These labels are often confusing and complicated and understood by few wine drinkers. The truth is that there is a wealth of information regarding provenance, ripeness, whether or not a wine is estate bottled and much more. Though there are vineyards in numerous regions throughout Germany, winemakers and consumers seem agree that Riesling is simply the finest grape in Germany. This is evident because Riesling is planted in all of the best vineyard sites throughout the country. Muller Thurgau is also planted throughout Germany as well as numerous other grapes including Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), Germany's best red. In addition to Riesling's spot atop the German wine hierarchy, German producers agree upon a quality designation system, QmP. These designations listed in terms of ripeness, which is often confused with sweetness. The designations are listed in terms of increasing ripeness: Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein, Trockenbeerenauslese.

Mosel

The Mosel Saar Ruwer is perhaps the most important German wine region. Perhaps the two most important areas are located around the towns of Piesport and Bernkastel. The wines from PIesport are fragrant and honeyed. The wines from Bernkastel are also renowned for their complex, honeyed flavors, minerality and acidity. Some of the late harvest wines around Bernkastel are among the best dessert wines in the world. Both of these towns and the areas around them contribute numerous high quality vineyard sites to the German wine landscape.

Rheingau

Rheingau vineyards are south facing are prone to the botrytis rot, because of the mists produced by the river. Rheingau produces some of the finest dessert wines imaginable, but also producer some dry wines and everything in between that are of astonishing quality. Rheingau wines tend to taste of peaches and tangerines and tend to be fuller, in general, than their Mosel cousins. Much of the Rhein has marl in its soil which often contributes a richness and even spicy character to the wines.

 

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STARLING CASTLE GEWURZTRAMINER

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STARLING CASTLE RIESLING

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SCHLOSS KOBLENZ WEISSLACK TROKEN SEKT

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FRITZ HASSELBACH FRITZ'S RIESLING

"Number 54 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016. Redolent of white raspberry jam and mint, this white is lush and creamy midpalate, with crackling acidity. The off-dry finish delivers honey and spice details. Drink now through 2018"

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SCHMITT SOHNE ZELLER SWARTZ KATZ

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SCHMITT SOHNE PIES MICH SPATLESE

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PIEROTH KIRCH SCHWARZ SPATB EISWEIN

"The most famous (and expensive) ice wines are German Eiswein. This sixth Pradikat level is among, if not, the rarest category in the world. The grapes are picked and pressed while they're still frozen. Unlike grapes from other dessert wines, ice wine grapes tend to not be affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot which gives them a nice refreshing acidity."

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SCHMITT SOHNE PIESPORTER MICHELSBERG

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SCHMITT SOHNE RIESLING QBA

"Straightforward apple and lemon flavors are bright and fresh on this zesty off-dry Riesling. It's not deeply concentrated but subtle honey sweetness lingers nicely. Drink now."

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BECKER PINOT NOIR ESTATE ROTWEIN

"Germany's top Pinot Noir producer! Some of the fruit for this wine is from the estates top Grosses Gewachs vineyards. The chalky limestone yields supple flavors of black cherry fruit, baked rhubarb, and blueberry on the palate. There's a velvety finesse, which yields to aromatic violets and lavender, freshly picked tarragon, cola and bitter dark chocolate."

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