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Pinot Bianco (aka: Pinot Blanc)

Pinot Bianco or Weissburgunder (as it is known in Germany and Austria) is a full-bodied, crisp white wine grape that was once simply a genetic mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. The grapes are pale green in color and grow well in cooler areas. It is grown throughout Europe in Alsace, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Hungary and has ventured into the New World. The grapes tend to produce dry wines, slightly lighter than Chardonnays but in Germany and Austria some offer slight sweetness. In California they are harvested at a slightly riper state than in Europe, giving the wine more body and a more lush mouthfeel.