Germany: Growing Gold on Vines

For German wine growers, this year's long mellow autumn provided a truly golden opportunity—plenty of time to harvest the grapes for what is probably the world's most expensive wine, called Trockenbeerenauslese. (The name, pronounced Trawken-barren-aus-lay-zuh, means "pick of the dried grapes"). Connoisseurs prize the rare white wine's flower-sweet bouquet and smoothness; its bite is in the price tag. Depending on the estate and vintage, a 23½-oz. bottle of Trockenbeerenauslese retails in the U.S. for no less than $20, and can cost as much as $150. It is far costlier than France's better-known Château La-fite-Rothschild or Romanee-Conti.

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