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Riesling

Riesling is a white wine grape mostly from Germany, Alsace and Austria. It is aromatic with notes of flowers and fruits, depending on where and when the grape is harvested and it shows the imprint of the terroir, the thin skin is also subject to noble rot like Botrytis cinerea, which creates a natural sweet wine. In some areas the grapes are left to freeze on the vine and then crushed, this way the result is the Eiswein, or Ice wine, a popular dessert wine.

In Germany, the Riesling is classified according to the level of sweetness: Kabinett is the lightest style of Riesling wines range in style from dry to off-dry. Spätlese means “late harvest wines are rich and usually sweeter than Kabinett, Auslese Meaning “select harvest” is even sweeter and the grapes are hand-selected and have noble rot, Beerenauslese Meaning “berry select harvest”, these wines are much more rare because the grapes are basically raisinated, Trockenbeerenauslese Meaning “dry berry select harvest” made from raisinated grapes that dried out on the vine and Eiswein When grapes freeze on the vine and are pressed when frozen.

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