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Aus With Auslese?

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by David Schildknecht


Those with an ear to the ground in German wine circles undoubtedly will have  registered the question “Is Auslese finished?” on more than one occasion. While there is no definitive answer, this much can be confidently conjectured: production of Auslese wines, so-labeled, has fallen to levels unseen since the 1960s. And thereby hangs a tale or two.   


An auspicious ascent

From its inception, “Auslese” referenced picking only grapes fitting certain criteria, as opposed to every cluster that presents itself.


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