Müller-Thurgau (MOO-ler TER-gao)
Well-known German grape variety that makes rather neutral tasting, undistinguished wine in Germany (but very good wine in surrounding countries such as Italy and Hungary). Recent DNA typing has established it as a cross between riesling and Madeleine royale, a table grape of unknown parentage. Müller-Thurgau was widely planted after World War II, becoming the leading grape in Germany in the 1990s. Today, it has been supplanted by riesling which makes vastly superior wine.