Pinot Blanc

A genetic mutation of pinot noir, from eastern France, this produces spicy, full-bodied wines in California, Austria and Germany (under the names weissburgunder or klevner), Spain and Italy (as pinot blanco or bianco, respectively), and Eastern Europe. The pinot blancs of Alsace in France are among that region's richest wines — though interestingly, local labeling laws allow wines labeled as pinot blanc to contain pinot gris, auxerrois blanc, and even pinot noir as well.