As the pre-eminent grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has become a global yardstick for premium wine among winemakers and discerning consumers. Pinot is a very demanding grape, but in the right hands, it has a wonderful ability to express the complexities of the local terroir. Now grown around the world—including Australia, New Zealand, America and Germany—the grape produces vastly different wines. Traditionally, though, it is light-bodied and has characters of raspberry, cranberry, truffle, and allspice. Pinot Noir's silky tannins and bright acidity pairs brilliantly with wide-ranging dishes, from pasta and roasted chicken to cheese boards and salads with balsamic vinaigrettes.
Named after Mosel River, the region is the third largest producer of wine in Germany, but the most well-known. The cool continental climate is ideal for Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, and, in turn, is the dominant grape in this region. The Riesling here produces wine with notes of floral, green fruit and stone fruit. This region has a reputation for producing sweeter styles of wine too. Mosel’s common varieties include Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Spätburgunder.