Take another look at German white wines.


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Take another look at German white wines. German Riesling is a go-to pour for novice and expert wine lovers alike. It’s a wine (one of very few) that bridges generation gaps. Millennials are sipping German Riesling with their parents – and their grandparents, too.

But our zeal for German Riesling can be blinding. There are a ton of terrific German white wines out there that we tend to overlook. I get it – Riesling can be distracting. It is that good. The signature aromas and flavors on a dry German Riesling make palates sing. But here’s the thing:

Germany is producing a bunch of fantastic white wines from a variety of varietals. And they are available in the United States at mind-bogglingly accessible price points. “Are you sure you don’t want to charge more for this?” is the question I’m often asking retailers after trying one of their German bottles.

There are few wine producing nations that can put together a pack of four world-class wines for under fifty bucks. I sampled this pack with Los Angeles-based sommelier/wine director Matthew Kaner during our most recent virtual tasting. Members of the wine media joined in as we tasted through four different German white wine grapes. (Yes, we did include a Riesling.)

There’s a lot to unpack in German wines these days. Here we go, grape by grape.

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