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Muller Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau is a white wine grape variety used predominantly in Germany. A crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale, it was created in 1882 by Dr. Herman Müller (of Thurgau, Switzerland), after whom it is named. Few wine experts have kind things to say about Müller-Thurgau, and the variety is consistently blamed for producing the bland, off-dry style of white wine that dominated Germany until the 1980s.

Varietal Müller-Thurgau wines often have sweet peach aromas with low acid and a range of fruity flavors. They are almost always best consumed young, with the notable exception of those in northern Italy, where the combination of old vines and steep, elevated vineyards makes for more serious expressions with greater ageing potential. The variety is often encountered in Switzerland, its country of origin, where it is often labeled, confusingly, as "Riesling x Sylvaner" or "Riesling-Sylvaner".

Synonyms include: Rivaner, Riesling x Sylvaner, Riesling-Silvaner, Rizlingszilvani.

Food matches for Muscat include:

  • Montasio cheese tart ("frico friulano")
  • Thin-sliced octopus drizzled with sudachi
  • Prawns steamed in banana leaves

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