It goes without saying-- learning about wine can be an insanely intimidating venture. With endless regions, grape varieties, and viticultural lingo, it can often feel that simply scraping wine's surface will take an eternity. Worst of all, anyone who's studied the stuff can recount the dreaded moment when the hazy cloud of wine was finally starting to make sense-- until German Riesling came along and totally screwed with their head. Find yourself backed against the German wine-learning wall? Don't panic! We've all been there, we promise. Thankfully, we've got a guide for that.
Understanding German wine, especially the deep, dark rabbit hole of Riesling, can definitely be daunting. Though when you begin to grasp the basic qualifications of Germany's wine classification system, understanding Riesling becomes a whole lot simpler. But first, let's start with the basics.