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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008

Muller-Thurgau

This white grape is a crossing of Riesling and Silvaner and so named because a Dr. Muller from the Swiss town of Thurgau was the man who came up with the variety in the late 1880s at Geisenheim in Germany.

Muller-Thurgau is one of the world’s most-planted grape varieties, particularly in Germany, where it outpaces even the noble Riesling.

In the Northwest, a fair bit of Muller-Thurgau exists, primarily in cooler climates such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Puget Sound appellation. It tends to produce a tasty off-dry wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with the region’s abundant seafood.