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This country is known for its dessert wines: Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese that go for hundreds of dollars. But you’ll find the younger generation of Germans drinking more of the sharp, dry (trocken) Rieslings of the Rheingau and Rheinhessen from top-quality producers such as Schloss Johannisberg and Gunderloch. They’re affordable; have low alcohol content, so you can have a glass at lunch; and will complement anything you’re likely to be eating, even the experimental food of Berlin’s creative restaurant scene. —Bruce Schoenfeld

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