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

Giambellino  Peach Bellini Germany
92 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Cloudy apricot color. Aromas of peach custard and sorbet with a sweet full body and a long candied lime and honeyed peaches finish. A superb peach Bellini that delights and satisfies with its rich natural flavor.
92 points $5.99 Best Buy
Belmonti NV Peach Bellini Germany
92 points
$5.89
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
Art of Earth 2019 Qualitätswein Riesling
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach pie, buttercream, honey cake, and lemon yogurt with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length key lime, orange peel, nectarine, and poached green apple finish with no oak flavor. A delightful Riesling with a true sense of place.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Yes Way Rose  Pink Lemonade Spritz
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of hint of strawberry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length peach, ripe pear, juicy orange, and sage finish. A sangria-like Spritzer that will be a fabulous poolside refresher.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Henkell NV Brut Sparkling Germany
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apricot preserves, lemon bar, white flowers, and wet slate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of toasted fruit cake and lemon scone. A fresh and mineral-driven nose leads to a slightly toasty palate; elegant and friendly.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Landshut 2017  Riesling
89 points
$5.49
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
Yes Way Rose  Peach And Ginger Spritz
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry popsicle, watermelon cooler, hint of peppermint, and fruit cocktail with a lean, crisp, effervescent, fruity thin body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents notes of minerals and lilac. A light and breezy Spritzer that refreshes; add ice, sliced fruit and a straw!
88 points $12 Best Buy
Henekell NV Dry Sparkling Germany
87 points
$13
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
$15.99
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
Petit Coconut NV
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Opaque creamy ivory color. Aromas of coconut cream and white chocolate cookie with a creamy, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy buttermilk pie, coconut macaroon, vanilla yogurt, and white pepper finish. A fruity, tangy, creamy treat.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy