Germany

Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!

GERMAN WINE REGIONS:

AHR
BADEN
FRANCONIA
HESSISCHE BERGSTRASSE
MITTELRHEIN
MOSEL
NAHE
PALATINATE
RHEINGAU
RHEINHESSEN
SAALE-UNSTRUT
SAXONY
WÜRTTEMBERG.


Product Spotlight

Julian Haart, Riesling J.J. Kabinett, 2020

This Kabinett is known as “J.J.” – not (necessarily) an homage to J.J. Prum but to Julian’s son and many of his ancestors, all of whom are called “Johan Josef”. This is 100% Grand Cru Goldtropfchen, made in the traditional German prädikat style: “fruity” as the Germans like to say, while we would more likely say “off dry”. Julian Haart is a genius wine-maker. He learned to make wines from the very best: Egon Müller and Klaus Peter Keller. He remains best friends with Keller and would no doubt be happy to be thought of as the Klaus Peter Keller of the Mosel. Certainly some people already think of him that way. His approach is extreme rigor: constantly tweaking, constantly experimenting, both among the vines and in the winery.