Germany’s often exquisite white wines deserve wider recognition and support. Wines are now riper and cleaner and are increasingly marketed in a direct modern way with a growing number of consistently well made dry or off-dry Rieslings. More clarity is still needed in terms of what degree of sweetness to expect but there are ever more outstanding producers. Those with an established reputation have recently been joined by increasing numbers of fine, often small, newer operations. Apart from the sweet wines, which are expensive to produce and made in tiny quantities, many of the wines are very reasonably priced for the quality. There are also excellent examples of Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Silvaner and other white grapes, as well as some wonderful reds from Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).