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.
Awards: 2020 Best Sparkling Flavored Wine
92 points $5.99 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
Petit Chocolat NV  Germany
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Creamy dark taupe color. Aromas and flavors of malted milk balls, chocolate milk shake, and brownie batter with a creamy, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of chocolate pudding. A creamy liqueur-like Wine Specialty that offers delicious chocolatey flavors and lipsmacking sweetness.
88 points $7 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
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
St. August 2018 Sweet Wine Riesling
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, pineapple upside down cake, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length honeycomb and mandarins in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A tropical sweet Riesling that goes down easy.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Fruity Haze NV Blackberry Merlot
85 points
$3.99
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas of cranberry and black cherry Jell-O with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a silky, breezy hints of sweet cinnamon and cran-raspberry juice finish with no oak flavor. A berry-flavored spritzer that offers bubbly fun in a glass.
85 points $3.99 Best Buy
Fruity Haze NV Raspberry Zinfandel Rosé
85 points
$3.99
Best Buy
Pale light siam color. Aromas of strawberry glaze, hints of eucalyptus, and blood orange with a supple, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp cherry jam and orange juice finish with no oak flavor. A juicy-sweet quaffer for your inner child.
85 points $3.99 Best Buy