Germany

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese

 When this was first tasted in the summer of 2019, it needed to shake some of its SO2 on the nose, but that will just take time. Beyond the SO2 are delicate, beautiful florals. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and cassis. I have 'great' underlined twice in my notes. This is a wine to age, or if opening now, do so about a half-hour early and pair with spicy foods or cheese plates. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $47.99

Beurer, Jochen 2020 Württemberg Rosé

Saignée from Trollinger, Portugeiser, Spätburgunder and Zweigelt. The 2020 Beurer Württemberg Rosé has a deep pink robe. The nose offers a mélange of strawberry blossom, watermelon rind, with a whiff of cara cara orange zest. The mid-weight and zesty palate balances ripe red fruit flavors, sour cherry, crushed strawberries, and watermelon with a distinctively savory character. Try this with a plate of salumi, tomato salad, or even crudo on a warm evening as the cicadas hum! John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beurer, Jochen 2020 Württemberg Rosé 1.5 L

Saignée from Trollinger, Portugeiser, Spätburgunder and Zweigelt. The 2020 Beurer Württemberg Rosé has a deep pink robe. The nose offers a mélange of strawberry blossom, watermelon rind, with a whiff of cara cara orange zest. The mid-weight and zesty palate balances ripe red fruit flavors, sour cherry, crushed strawberries, and watermelon with a distinctively savory character. Try this with a plate of salumi, tomato salad, or even crudo on a warm evening as the cicadas hum! John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and are now fully-certified since the 2018 vintage. Their Pét-Nat Blanc is made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone.  -CB

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

Haart, Julian 2019 Mosel Riesling 1,000 L

‘1,000L’ is a reference to the capacity of the traditional barrels (Fuder) of the Mosel. Though one could refer to this as Haart's 'basic wine,' it's anything but. Bright and floral,  the nose offers aromas of white and yellow fruits and apple blossom. Th patate is dry and racy and oh, so easy to drink, with flavors of stone fruit and a fine mineral core leading to a zesty finish.  This is an electric expression crisp, dry-tasting Mosel Riesling. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

Haart, Julian 2019 Mosel Riesling 'Moselle'

Another punchy 2019 German. Julian Haart’s Moselle is mostly sourced from Goldtropfchen with an assist from Ohligsberg and Gu¨nterslay. 11.5% abv. The robe is a pale greenish yellow. Upon opening a the is a touch of reduction; with ten minutes in the glass aromas of lemon blossom, apricot fuzz, lemon balm, and sea spray emerge. This gives way to ripe white peach, preserved lemon, and crushed herbs. The mid-weight, but agile palate is dry and racy with a firm mineral spine and tangy acidity buoyed by loads of white orchard fruits. This coltish offering shows great charm (and certainly energy over mass) but is rooted enough in stoniness to for the dedicated Mosel geology freak to derive satisfaction . This improves with air and a brisk decant isn’t out of order—though a couple of years in the cellar should take care of the reduction and certainly allow the mineral, acid, and vibrant cool fruit to knit. And while I’ll admit to a preference towards pradikat wines from the Mosel, this is compelling and vivacious and certainly worth a look. A fine pairing with a braised scallion and English peas starter anointed with fine olive oil, burrata, and fresh mint, though I’d also love to pair this with softshell crab or scallop crudo. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Hild 2020 Mosel Rosé Spätburgunder "Rosé Marie"

100% Pinot Noir. The 2020 Rose Marie has a a pale salmon robe. The nose has aromas of tea rose, and cranberry. The palate is lithe and racy with enough juicy freshness to beckon the next sip. This sassy, pink sipper from Elbling maestros Hild is a joy to drink in this torrid heat and humidity. -JCM

  • rosé
  • 29 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's parcel of the Ellergrub is 2.2 hectares of ungrafted vines, over 80 years old. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. In a shocking twist, the 2016 Ellergrub is slightly off-dry! The wine boasts a floral elegance and herbal freshness on the nose, yet is still quite dense and rich, with notes of yellow apricot, roses, and white peach skin giving way to a touch of citrus zest and strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2018 Mosel C.A.I. Riesling Trocken

C.A.I. stands for Carl August Immich, owner of the estate in the 19th century, who used gunpowder charges to blast out part of the mountainside in order to plant vines. Grapes are sourced  from vineyards in the Mosel and Saar valleys, vinified in stainless steel. The 2018 has a pale robe. There's a malty, yellow-fruited richness to the nose along with wisps of peach skin and lime zest giving way to a subtle and enticing mineral character. The palate is dry with stone fruit and salted pineapple notes, with a fine mineral core and long, zesty, lifted finish. This is delicious, though it should gain with a year or two in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2018 Mosel Escheburg Riesling

Escheburg is a blend of old vine (about 60 year-old) parcels from remarkable terroirs in Enkirch. And the 2018 edition is a beauty. The robe is a pale lemon sherbet yellow with touches of green. The nose hints at yellow flowers and bee pollen, before picking up stone fruit, spice, melon, and lemon verbena notes. The palate is dry, but by no means austere, with good concentration, an array of white and yellow orchard fruit flavor,s and a salty mineral kick that carries on to the lengthy and mouthwatering, stony finish. This offers plenty in the way of geology lessons, but manifests in a salty/rock collection manner rather than mouth-puckering acidity. Not only is it layered and nuanced, but it was positively delicious with Thai curry noodles and mango salad, the texture holding its own with the coconut in the dish while the “inner mouth perfume” (terminology lovingly stolen from David Schildknecht) is captivating. And while everyone is scrambling to grab 2019s, to neglect this  would be to miss out on one of the marvelous 2018s. Kudos to Gernot Kollman for a lovely wine in a woefully under-appreciated vintage. There is fantastic potential here and 5-7 years in the cellar should be rewarded amply. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

Knauss 2018 Württemberg Red Pure

The wine has a densely purple core, with lighter violet on the edges. The nose has rich aromas of candied raspberry and blackberry, dense green herbs, and pungent dark flowers. The palate is plummy, with a dash of tart cherry, green stems and a vibrant mineral undertone. Wonderfully fresh acidity, along with some chewy tannin, balance out the mouthfeel. A great, bold red with a crunchy core and wild fruit - drink today!


  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss 2020 Württemberg Boutanche Trollinger 1L

For a light, happy red that can be easily drunk in far more quantity than is appropriate, the Trollinger from Andi Knauss in Württemberg has quickly become a favorite. Plus, it comes in a handy 1-liter size so the party just keeps on going and going. Seriously, though, this wine is made of what the Italians would call Schiava, but to us it's more like a fresh Poulsard or Beaujolais-Villages. Notes of cranberry, fresh cherry, and a touch of soft herbs and bit of allspice. Juicy, refreshing, and the tinniest bit of tannin on the palate. Serve chilled with your next picnic or outdoor gathering! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $32.99

Konni & Evi 2019 Saale-Unstrut Portugieser

So, just where exactly is Saale-Unstrut? It is located near Liepzig and southwest of Berlin, dear reader. And vines have been cultivated there since at least the 10th century. That said, the terraced vineyards of this historical place aren't exactly a household name for most German wine lovers. Farming is biodynamic, fermentation is spontaneous,  and depending on the barrel, some wines will be allowed to develop a flor as in sherry or the Jura. Here are the details for the 2019 Portugieuser from our friends at Vom Boden: Freyburger Schweigenberge (terraced) and Karsdorfer Ziegental (both vineyards boast limestone soils) vines here range from 50 to over 85 years old and have tiny berries. Maceration for four days, then basket pressed whole cluster, élevage in barrel, bottled w/very low SO2 (5-10 mg/l), unfined/unfiltered.The nose is wild berry and brambly with some notes of white pepper and Oolong tea. The palate is bright and lithe with all manner of forest fruits, blackberry seed, and loamy soil notes on a distinctively sapid finish. This shows a fun sauvage character and makes me think this would be perfect with a bit of a chill with sausages grilled over a fire or smoked brisket.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch Auslese

A fantastic Auslese from a warmer vintage: subtle and elegant nose of herbs and ripe citrus with no botrytis, the palate is layered and fresh, stone fruit and deep minerality with lemon candy and delicate florals. A bottle to cellar for at least ten years to begin to see the balance and intricacy of this wine. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Melsheimer 2019 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese. Off dry, and high-toned with a fine bead of mineral character within, brimming with energy and perfect for the soft shell crab, flowering chives, or soy sauce noodles at Great New York Noodletown, or your favorite neighborhood Chinese spot.

  • white off-dry
  • 25 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Molitor, Markus 2016 Mosel Riesling Alte Reben 'White Capsule'

Sourced from old vine parcels in Ürzig and Zeltingen in the Mittelmosel. The 2016 Alte Reben from Molitor displays a pale yellow, hinting at gold, robe. The nose offers pretty aromas of white flowers, citrus blossom, spices, and peach skin. The mid-weight palate has a zesty mineral attack, followed by a flush of ripe stone fruit flavors and filigree of cool crushed herbs, culminating in a long sapid, mouthwatering finish. Though dry, this is by no means austere and will charm on its own, though I'd love to give this a whirl with sautéed scallops in brown butter atop a celery root purée or morels and English peas stewed in butter. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there (will age even longer en magnum)! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $152.99

Später-Veit 2019 Piesporter Riesling Feinherb 1 L

This slightly off-dry Riesling really leaps out of the glass with lively stone fruit and minerals. Vivacious acidity gives it lift and is matched with silky, ripe pear on the palate, with hint of texture on the finish. This is a standout value in the 1L bottle, and all comes from the gray slate of the Falkenberg parcel, just above the famous Piesporter Goldtröpchen vineyard. Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel.

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Spindler, Heinrich 2016 Pfalz Forst Kirchenstück Riesling Trocken GL

From an organically-farmed .28 ha plot located behind the church. The soils of this enclosed vineyard are comprised of sandstone scree, sandy clay, and basalt.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

Von Winning 2020 Pfalz Rosé

100% Pinot Noir from a blend of sites across Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg. The 2020 rosé has a pale salmon pink robe. The nose offers aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, and dried rose. the palate is light a racy but with fine energy and drive and a dusty, chalky mineral core, with an lipsmacking finish.

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Weissburgunder 1.5L

Organically farmed Weissburgunder from loess and  volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Whole cluster pressed. Aged for 12 months in neutral barrel, followed by 6 months in stainless steel with minimal sulfur addition after malolactic fermentation, per importer.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2020 Baden Grand Ordinaire

Alexander Götze and Christoph Wolber of Wasenhaus met while working in Burgundy. The friends returned to Germany with the idea of finding old vines and making pure, low-intervention wines. The 2020 Grand Ordinaire—formerly Baden Nouveau— is fermented  100% whole cluster under CO2 for 10days before pressing off and finishing fermentation in tank. Bottled under cork rather than crown cap with a minimum of sulfur. The robe is a purplish ruby. The nose offers aromas of crushed strawberry, pomegranate, and cherry stone. The palate is lightweight and racy, with wild berry fruit, a hint of stemmy spice, and a crunchy mineral kick on the finish. And while one wouldn't mistake this for a bottling from the Cote d'Or, this has a satisfying savory core to temper all that exuberant fruit. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $45.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99