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Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivalled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation into the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative effect on the perception of Germany wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock Germany wines of high quality.

The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel Kabinett from a top producer. Germany dry Rieslings as a rule tend to to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Dr Loosen are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970s was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north-facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.
The United States is now the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the countries output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973, when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.
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  1. Fat Bastard California Chardonnay 2018
    Ripe, fleshy stone fruits with hints of vanilla and honeysuckle and lashings of delicate, buttery sweet almond crossiant. No surprises here - Fat Bastard Chardonnay has an opulent, luscious palate of grilled pineapple and juicy clingstone peach, followed by spiced ... Learn More
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  2. Jl Wolf Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2020
    The fruit is processed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness. Delicate varietal aromas of spice and fresh roses. A juicy textured palate. Very refreshing to drink with a crisp, dry finish. ... Learn More
  3. Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir (Non Alc.)
    From award winning winemaker, Johannes Leitz from the world-famous vineyards of the Rüdesheim region in Germany comes Zero Point Five, a premium alcohol-free Pinot Noir made from 100% Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) grapes grown in Germany. It is an exceptionally ... Learn More
  4. Jl Wolf Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2019
    The fruit is processed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness. Delicate varietal aromas of spice and fresh roses. A juicy textured palate. Very refreshing to drink with a crisp, dry finish. ... Learn More
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  5. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 375Ml
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  6. Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay 2016
    Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors from Kendall - Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance ... Learn More
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  7. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 375Ml
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
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  8. Jl Wolf Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2018
    The fruit is processed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness. Delicate varietal aromas of spice and fresh roses. A juicy textured palate. Very refreshing to drink with a crisp, dry finish. ... Learn More
  9. Dr L Dry Riesling 2020
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  10. Dr L Dry Riesling 2019
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  11. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 375Ml
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from the sub-regions of Sonoma including Russian River and Los Carneros. This wine has an enticing nose of red fruits, spice and rose petals and is backed by terrific depth of flavor ... Learn More
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  12. Joel Gott Zinfandel 2017
    The 2017 Joel Gott California Zinfandel has aromas of raspberries, blackberries and dried cranberry with notes of vanilla and spice. The wine opens with dark fruit flavors and vanilla, followed by velvety tannins on the mid-palate, and a long finish with ... Learn More
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  13. Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Flavors from Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish. ... Learn More
  14. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2019
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  15. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2018
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  16. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2017
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  17. La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2018
    On the nose, lemon, passionfruit, grilled pineapple and guava. Nectarine, papaya and crisp lemon-tangerine notes are complimented by touch of spice and complexing minerality on the palate. ... Learn More
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  18. La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2019
    The winery's original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard since 1979. The family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. Aromas of baked apple, brioche, and pineapple are followed by flavours of Asian pear, ... Learn More
  19. Juwel Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
    A Riesling full of peach and lime scents. The palate presents itself with a juicy yet delicate and elegant minerality. Moderate in alcohol, the play between sweet and sour awards it with finesse and lightness, a distinct characteristic of the ... Learn More
  20. Joel Gott Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2018
    The 2018 Joel Gott Limited Release California Barrel-Aged Chardonnay has aromas of ripe pear and apple blossom with notes of honey. On the palate, the wine opens with bright fruit flavors, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and crisp ... Learn More
  21. Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Joel Gott 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and black cherry with notes of clove, vanilla, and brown sugar. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by velvety tannins on the mid-palate and notes of baking spices ... Learn More
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  22. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2019
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  23. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2020
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  24. Wittmann Estate Riesling 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  25. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2020
    The Pfalz Riesling is produced from the grapes of first pickings in our classified sites. These are always picked on the perfect degree of ripeness limiting the amount of fruit acid to a moderate level. The wine unites the minerality, ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  26. Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
    The 2017 Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, black currants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. ... Learn More
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  27. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2018
    The Pfalz Riesling is produced from the grapes of first pickings in our classified sites. These are always picked on the perfect degree of ripeness limiting the amount of fruit acid to a moderate level. The wine unites the minerality, ... Learn More
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  28. Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich discloses a bright yellow colour. The aromas are dominated by stone fruits such as mirabelle, peach and Granny Smith. The delicate tart texture of Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett reveals a real splendour ... Learn More
  29. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett reveals aromas of ripe apples and pears in a golden yellow colour. Passionfruit, pomegranate and smoky-salty notes complete the mineral bouquet. Fresh, tangy, soft on the palate, with a mineral pressure and a ... Learn More
  30. Dr Loosen Riesling Sekt NV
    The Dr. Loosen Sekt Extra Dry is produced with fruit from estate vineyards within the Middle Mosel. The grapes are selectively hand picked as healthy fruit unaffected by botrytis. Aromatically this wine is bright and linear, with notes of green ... Learn More
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  31. Dr Mayer Remstal Pinot Noir 2018
    Deep bright red , smokey, bright cherry and cranberry nose , hints of anis , mint and earth . Crunchy and bright on the palate with gorgeous , generous savoury strawberry fruit . Fine but mouthcoating tannins give the wine a long finish . Cool in style ... Learn More
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  32. 2019 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett
    The Sundial vineyard in Wehlen is almost nothing but broken shards of blue Devonian slate. 100% Riesling from vines over 60 years old on average. The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is fresh and reductive on the attractively clear and aromatic nose with ... Learn More
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  33. Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Leistenberg' Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Sourced from a steep, southeast-facing slope with grey clay slate soil. A perfect vineyard for Kabinett wines! A cool, fresh nose with white peach, fresh fig and apple aromas. With well-defined, spicy fruit, very elegant with a wonderful balance between ... Learn More
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  34. Dr Loosen 'Graacher Himmelreich' Kabinett 2017
    The small village of Graach lies between two more-famous neighbours: Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful ... Learn More
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  35. Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2018
    The 2018 Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, black currants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. ... Learn More
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  36. Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Rosa 2018
    GSM blend but done with less time with the juice laying on skins. This Rose is at the darker spectrum of Rose that is based off of one of the best Rose regions in the world, Bandol. Rich red fruits ... Learn More
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  37. Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Blanca 2018
    70% Riesling, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. 100% Arizona fruit from Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Cochise County. A complex, inviting and perfectly balanced blend with well lifted aromas of bright fruits, spice & florals. Well textured with vibrant acidity and well rounded palate weight. ... Learn More
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  38. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  39. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
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  40. Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Red 2017
    40% Grenache 40% Syrah 20% Mourvedre from Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox County in Southern Arizona. Note from the winery, which is the project of Maynard James Keenan, the front man of the band Tool: "Chupacabra is our Shape Shifter Kitchen Sink Blend ... Learn More
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