German wine differs from wines of other countries — it’s light, lively and fruity, thanks to Germany’s unique climatic and geological conditions. With the exception of Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen in the east, the wine-growing regions are concentrated in the south and southwestern part of Germany. They are among the most northerly wine regions in the world and straddle the border between the humid Gulf Stream climate of the west and the dry Continental climate of the east. The long growing season and moderate summer temperatures bring forth filigree wines that are relatively low in alcohol. The diversity of German wine stems from the many soil types and grape varieties — there is no “uniform” type or style of German wine — and this diversity is reflected in Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions. Information courtesy of: German Wine Information Bureau.

Mosel

The Mosel River is the sinuous spine of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, changing direction so often as it flows northeast toward the Rhine that it meanders nearly 250 km/150 miles, to cover about half that distance as the crow flies. Together with its two small tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, the Mosel composes one geographical entity. Although each river’s vineyard area produces a wine with its own distinctive personality, the three share a family resemblance: a fragrance reminiscent of spring blossoms, a pale color, light body and a refreshing, fruity acidity. To add to their charm, they often have the slightest hint of effervescence. Most display their finest charms in youth; the late- and selectively-harvested wines merit aging. Along the serpentine route of the Mosel, the river banks rise so sharply that the vineyards carpeting these slopes are among the steepest in the world, with some planted at an astounding 70-degree gradient. On these precipitous inclines, nearly all labor must be done by hand. That includes tying each vine to its own eight-foot wooden stake, and carrying up the slate soil that has washed down with the winter rains.

Kabinett

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2015BALTHASAR RESS HATTENHEIMER SCHUTZENHAUS RIESLING16.99
2015GUNDERLOCH DRY RIESLING20.99
2014HEINZ EIFEL RIESLINGWS-8813.99
2010MAX FERD RICHTER VELDENZER RIESLINGWS-9224.99
2014RUSCHER PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIELSING14.99
2013SCHWABENHEIMER SILVANER TROCKEN14.99
2013ST. ANTONIUSKELLEREI BACCHUS RIESLING15.99
2015ST. CHRISTOPHER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING KABINETT11.99

Spatlese
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2014BORNHEIMER BACCHUS RIESLING15.99
2012BRETZ GEWURZTRAMINER 18.99
2013BRETZ RIESLING16.99
2014DR. PAULY-BERGWEILER WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLINGWS-8929.99
2015JOSEF REUSCHER ERBAN PIESPORTER GOLDTROFCHEN 19.99
2015SCHLINK HAUS9.99
2015ST. CHRISTOPHER PIESPORTER RIESLING GOLDROPFCHEN11.99

Auslese
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2013BORNHEIMER HAHNCHEN ORTEGA18.99
2013GAU-WEIN. KURFURSTEINSTUCK RIESLING17.99
2013JOSEPH REUSCHER ERBAN PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN19.99
2012SCHLINK HAUS RIESLING11.99
2015ST. CHRISTOPHER PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING14.99

German Red
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2013FRIEDRICH BECKER FAMILY PINOT NOIR17.99
2013MATRA KEKFRENKOS14.99
2012REGENT APPENHEIMER ABTEY AUSLESE23.99
2014REGENT CREATION ROUGE NOIR17.99
2012SALWEY ESTATE SPATBURGUNDER (PINOT NOIR)WE-9420.99
2012ST. ANTONIUS DORNFELDER15.99
2014VALCKENBERG DORNFELDER13.99

German Desserts
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2012E. MARIA GERHARDT MAINZER DOMHERR SPATBURGUNDER ROSE EISWEIN34.99
2008BRETZ EISWEIN RIESLING37.99
2012HEIMERSHEIMER SONNENBERG EISWEIN37.99
2012erWEINHEIMER KAPELLENBERG EISWEIN SILVANER$39.99
2009BUDENHEIMER HONIGBERG ORTEGA TROCKENBEEREN-AUSLESE 375ML44.99

Other
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2014BORNHEIMER ADELBERG REISLING TROCKEN14.99
2013BORNHEIMER HAHNCHEN REISLING13.99
2013BORNHEIMER ADELBERG WEISSBURGUNDER (PINOT BLANC)16.99
2015DR. HERMANN REISLING16.99
2015DR. LOOSEN RIESLING DR. L12.99
2014GUNDERLOCH ESTATE RIESLING DRY20.99
2013HANS WIRSCHING ESTATE SCHEUREBE DRY17.99
2015MONCHOFF ESTATE RIESLING 16.99
2015RUDI WIEST DRY RIESLING10.99
2014SCHAFER-FROH ESTATE DRY RIESLING22.99
2015SCHLINK HAUS RIESLING9.99
2009SCHLOSS KOBLENZ EISWEIN (375ml)19.99
2015VALKEN GEWURZTRAMINER13.99
2015VON BUHL DEIDESH REISLING TROCKENWA-90+ 23.99
2015VON BUHL 'JAZZ' REISLING , MEDIUM DRY14.99
2014WAGNER-STEMPEL GUTSWEIN WEISSBURGUNDER (PINOT BLANC)
2014/2015WEINGUT HEITLINGER RIESLING18.99
2015ZEPPELIN RIESLING by Max Ferd Richter15.99