German wine differs from wines of other countries — it’s light, lively and fruity, thanks to Germany’s unique climatic and geological conditions. With the exception of Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen in the east, the wine-growing regions are concentrated in the south and southwestern part of Germany. They are among the most northerly wine regions in the world and straddle the border between the humid Gulf Stream climate of the west and the dry Continental climate of the east. The long growing season and moderate summer temperatures bring forth filigree wines that are relatively low in alcohol. The diversity of German wine stems from the many soil types and grape varieties — there is no “uniform” type or style of German wine — and this diversity is reflected in Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions. Information courtesy of: German Wine Information Bureau.

Mosel

The Mosel River is the sinuous spine of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, changing direction so often as it flows northeast toward the Rhine that it meanders nearly 250 km/150 miles, to cover about half that distance as the crow flies. Together with its two small tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, the Mosel composes one geographical entity. Although each river’s vineyard area produces a wine with its own distinctive personality, the three share a family resemblance: a fragrance reminiscent of spring blossoms, a pale color, light body and a refreshing, fruity acidity. To add to their charm, they often have the slightest hint of effervescence. Most display their finest charms in youth; the late- and selectively-harvested wines merit aging. Along the serpentine route of the Mosel, the river banks rise so sharply that the vineyards carpeting these slopes are among the steepest in the world, with some planted at an astounding 70-degree gradient. On these precipitous inclines, nearly all labor must be done by hand. That includes tying each vine to its own eight-foot wooden stake, and carrying up the slate soil that has washed down with the winter rains.

Kabinett

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2017BALTHASAR RESS HATTENHEIMER SCHUTZENHAUS RIESLING17.99
2017CARL EHRHARD RUDESHEIM FEINHERB17.99
2018E. MARIA GERHARDT , BORNHEIMER HAHNCHEN RIESLING16.99
2015MAX RICHTER RIESLING GRAACHER HIMMEREICHWA-9229.9919.99
2016E. MARIA GERHARDT RIVANER15.99
2012JJ PRUM RIESLING GRAACHER HIMMELREICH 28.99
2018ST. CHRISTOPHER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING11.99

Spatlese
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2018BORNHEIMER HAHNCHEN RIESLING17.99
2014BORNHEIMER BACCHUS RIESLING15.99
2013BRETZ RIESLING16.99
2014DR. PAULY-BERGWEILER WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLINGWS-8929.99
2014GAU-WEINHEIMER KURFURSTENSTUCK BACCHUS15.99
2012JJ PRUM RIESLING WEHLENER SONNENUHRWA-9339.99
2018SCHLINK HAUS9.99
2018 ST. CHRISTOPHER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING11.99

Auslese
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2013GAU-WEIN. KURFURSTEINSTUCK RIESLING17.99
2017SCHLINK HAUS RIESLING11.99
2018ST. CHRISTOPHER PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING14.99

German Red
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2017KOEHLER-WEIDMANN SPATBURGUNDER WEIBHERBST18.99
2013MATRA KEKFRENKOS14.99
2012REGENT APPENHEIMER ABTEY AUSLESE23.99
2014REGENT CREATION ROUGE NOIR17.99
2018INGELHEIMER DORNFELDER17.99
2018VALCKENBERG DORNFELDER13.99

German Desserts
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2017E. MARIA GERHARDT APPENHEIMER DAUBHAUS ORTEGA BEERENAUSLESE , 375ML22.99
2015E. MARIA GERHARDT APPENHEIMER ABTEY ORTEGA TROCKENBEERENAUSLESE (375)39.99
2009SCHLOSS KOBLENZ EISWEIN (375ml)19.99
2012WEINHEIMER KAPELLENBERG EISWEIN SILVANER39.99

Other
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2017BEX RIESLING9.99
2013BORNHEIMER ADELBERG WEISSBURGUNDER (PINOT BLANC)16.99
2018DONNHOFF ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN23.99
2018DR. HERMANN REISLING15.99
2017DR. LOOSEN RIESLING DR. L12.99
2018E. MARIA GERHARDT RIESLING TROCKEN16.99
2014GUNDERLOCH ESTATE RIESLING DRY20.99
2017LEITZ DRAGONSTONE RIESLING17.99
2017MAX RICHTER ESTATE RIESLING15.99
2017MONCHOFF ESTATE RIESLING 16.99
2015PFEFFINGEN, DRY RIESLING PFALZ19.999.99
2014SCHAFER-FROH ESTATE DRY RIESLING22.99
2018SCHLINK HAUS RIESLING9.99
2018SELBACH-OSTER RIESLING FEINHERB19.99
2018ST. CHRISTOPHER LIEBFRAUMILCH7.99
2018ST. CHRISTOPHER ZELLER SCHWARZE KATZ9.99
2017VALKENENBERG GEWURZTRAMINER13.99