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Sweet Riesling, Dry and Everything in Between: A 12-Bottle Guide

BY WINE ENTHUSIAST

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The darling grape variety of sommeliers and wine lovers alike, Riesling is renowned for its immense versatility and range of styles, thanks in large part to its naturally high acidity. Its structure enables winemakers who work with the variety to yield zesty, bone-dry options all the way to lusciously sweet Riesling wines with impeccable balance.

Riesling is grown across the globe, yet its spiritual home is undoubtedly Germany, where the full range of the grape is recognized. From trocken, or dry wines, to gently off-dry kabinett, to the sweeter spätlese and auslese, and even sweeter still beerenauslesetrockenbeerenauslese and eiswein, Germany truly offers it all.

Sweet Riesling

Bollig-Lehnert 2019 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese (Mosel); $22; Wine-Searcher.com. Delicate but perfumed, this deft, sprightly Riesling offers rich, concentrated pink grapefruit and white peach flavors etched by lime and steel…