Prä̈dikat is German for "distinction" and refers to a category of "distinctive" German and Austrian wines based upon the amount of sugar present in the grapes at harvest—that is, greater the ripeness (always a concern in cool climate countries such as Germany), the greater the distinction. In ascending order of ripeness these are: Kabinett [KAH-be-net], Spä̈tlese [SCHPATE-lay-zuh], Auslese [OUSE-layza], Beerenauslese [BEER-in-OUSE-lay-sin], Eiswein [ICE-vine], and Trockenbeerenauslese [TROCK-en-BEER-in-OUSE-lay-sin]. The flaw in this system is that it assumes that grapes with a higher must weight will produce better wine, which isn't always the case. It also implies that Prä̈dikat wines are sweeter than other wines, which isn't necessarily true either because Prädikat is based on the sugar level of the grape rather than the resulting wine. FYI, Prä̈dikat-level wines are further categorized as Qualitätswein mit Prädikat or QmP, which literally means "quality wines of distinction." In fact, you'll often see Qualitätswein mit Prä̈dikat on the label of quality German wines.