About German Wine

About German Wine
Ranked as tenth in terms of overall production, Germany has become synonymous with great Riesling. There are numerous styles form very dry to extremely sweet and what makes German Riesling so special is the structure to allow for aging, from seven to ten years for the finest dry versions to three or four decade for the richest dessert wine. The best examples are planted on steep slopes along the Rhine and Moselle rivers; they display a great sense of place along with a distinct minerality.

While Riesling is the best wine from Germany, other white varieties such as Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc are performing well in Germany's cool climate. The same is true for Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), which in the best examples, have the complexity and richness of a fine red Burgundy.

Most people are surprised to know that Germany is the world's leading producer of sparking wine. While much of this is inexpensive sparkling wine destined for supermarkets, there are dozens of producers who make classic methods bubblies from some of their finest Riesling Chardonnay and Weissburgunder grapes.

Top Picks for Germany

Belmonti NV Peach Bellini Germany
92 points
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit cooler, peach pie, and candied mango with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of grapefruit zest and summer nectarine with no oak flavor. A juicy and delicious flavored wine to liven up brunch; Belinis in a flash!
92 points $5.89 Best Buy
Landshut 2017  Riesling
89 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Tropical aromas of passionfruit, vanilla, honey, ripe pineapple, and mango with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light body and a smooth, delightful, breezy key lime, pink grapefruit, orange glaze, and slate finish. A juicy, off-dry Riesling packed with tropical fruit flavor; yum!
89 points $5.49 Best Buy
Holly Hill Farms NV Egg Nogg Germany
88 points
Best Buy
Opaque creamy golden yellow color. Confected aromas and flavors of egg tart, ground nutmeg, vanilla bean gelato, and lemon yogurt with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of orange pekoe tea, spiced pears, sugar cookies, animal crackers, and gingersnaps. A creamy festive treat to brighten the holidays.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
BEX 2017  Riesling
88 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe kiwi in vanilla creme, sweet aloe vera, underripe pineapple, caraway, and beeswax with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length star fruit, honeysuckle, and tart pear finish with no oak flavor. A mouthwatering, dry "gateway" Riesling packed with fruit.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Henekell NV Dry Sparkling Germany
87 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of sunflower, butter-poached apple, apricot preserves, and petrol with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium pineapple, ripe pear, and parmesan crisps finish. A richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler that delivers big Chardonnay character accented by riesling-like notes of petrol and honey.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Von Schleinitz 2018  Riesling
87 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, ripe cantaloupe, lanolin, pear, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying suggestions of watercress. A sweet Mosel Riesling with nice varietal character.
87 points $15.99
Von Schleinitz 2018 Dry Rosé Pinot Noir
84 points
Steely orange color. Aromas of struck match and dried apricot with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a brisk cherry jam, pickling spices, and rhubarb finish. A very fruity, slightly spicy rose; serve with a good chill.
84 points $15.99