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

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
Weingut Bastgen 2020 Weisenstein Spätlese Trockenn Riesling
88 points
$40
Straw color. Aromas of white peach, white flowers, and tropical fruit notes with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long grilled pineapple, white flowers, lychee, and oyster shell finish. A well balanced, mineral driven wine for all occasions
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