About White Wines from Germany

About White Wines from Germany
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

White Wines

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
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