Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008
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 worlds 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 Oregons Willamette Valley and Washingtons Puget Sound appellation. It tends to produce a tasty off-dry wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with the regions abundant seafood.