Wine & Spirits 101
Until the 20th century there were only two great wine producing countries; the first one was France, but the second one, Germany, may come as a surprise. While Germany produces a number of varietals of wine, Riesling is their leader. Often, Americans are confused or intimidated by German Rieslings labels. But we don’t need to be! They can actually be quite simple and helpful once you know what to look for.
There are generally 2 designations of Rieslings imported into the U.S., Qualitaswein or (QbA) or Quallitaswein mit Pradikat or (QmP). QbA's is the basic level of everyday mostly inexpensive quaffing wines. Qmp, translated as quality with specific attributes, is the highest class of German wines. Within the QmP catergory there are six levels of ripeness in which the grapes are picked, which usually indicates the sweetness of the wine. In order from dry to sweet they are: Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockernbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. These two designations are helpful in finding a German Riesling that's right for you.
Ask our Wine & Spirits Associates to help you find these two designations and what they mean to find a German Riesling that’s right for you.