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Spätlese (ˈʃpɛtˌleɪsə)
a wine, usually white, produced in Germany from grapes which have been allowed to ripen for longer than usual
[C20: from German, from spät late + Lese harvest, vintage]

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Main Entry:  Spätlese
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a high-quality grade of sweet white German table wine, made from late-picked grapes of the Rhine valley
Example:  To attain the Spätlese category, the natural sugar content of the grapes must reach a certain minimum - 76° to 95° Oechsle, approximately 19-23 percent sugar by weight, depending on the region and the variety.
Etymology:  by 1926, Ger., "late picking"
Usage:  cooking
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