Pronunciation: [sihl-VAN-uhr; sihl-VAH-ner; <em>Ger.</em> zihl-vah-nehr]
Long popular in Germany and surrounding areas of Europe, this white wine grape is now being grown in other parts of the world such as the United States and Chile. Though the wine produced from Sylvaner grapes is light and pleasant, it's not as flavorful or fruity as Germany's Johannisberg riesling.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.