Affordable German Riesling

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Affordable German Riesling After delving into U.S. and Austria, we are now onto the big daddy of Riesling. If anyone tells me that some other country other than Riesling is the proverbial “best,” I’m afraid I’ll have to call bullshit.

No other country offers the sheer breadth of styles that Germany does. Sure, producers around the globe make world-class Riesling, but no one does it better than the Germans. No winemaker or region delivers the value of Riesling that the Germans manage to supply year in and year out.

For this roundup of wines, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite less expensive German Rieslings. These fall into the Qba class of wines as well as the Kabinett level of sweetness. For more information on understanding German labeling conventions, check out Deciphering German Wine Labels.

Just as a side note, I have to say that I am happy to see the majority of these wines being bottled with screw caps. For most of these wines, wines that will be consumed in their youth, there is no better closure than these. Plus, it makes opening cases of wine at a time all that much easier!

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  • Snooth User: Zuiko
    Hand of Snooth
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    Glad to hear that Reinhartshausen has made it onto your list. My last visit there in 2009 was a bit disappointing and not showing what they are capable of doing. They had some really spectacular wines from the 1971 vintage until fairly recently. Let's hope they are back on track. Their 1983 Erbacher Siegelsberg Auslese was a monumental wine.

    Jul 09, 2012 at 3:10 PM

  • Snooth User: goessen
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    must be dry. many German bottlers do not indicate dryness.

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

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