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The primary red grape in Italy is sangiovese, yet it is not that country’s king of red grapes. That honor belongs to nebbiolo. Nebbiolo accounts for only 13,500-plus acres, while sangiovese covers more than176,000 acres.

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Cabernet Franc is an ancient European grape with a historical record as early as 1534, using the old local synonym Breton. The modern spelling with "Cabernet" did not occur until 1823. Cabernet Franc origins are likely France. Foremost, "Cab Franc," along with Sauvignon Blanc, are the DNA pa…

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This article aims to plunge deeper into unique Tuscan red wines, both Brunello and Super Tuscans. In dollar value, Italy is the number one importer of wine into the United States. The leading red grape under production in Italy is sangiovese.

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Wine readers, this May marks my completing 14 years of writing this column. Barbara Schneider and Anita Rosen have been my editors and, without their thoughtful insights, I doubt my column would be as readable. I also want to thank the Big Canoe Wine Group which has, with some changes, suppo…

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Three significant events in 2020 impacted the wine industry going into 2021: COVID-19; fires along the West Coast; and, in Georgia, early bud break followed by frosts that affected grape production in North Georgia.

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As a wine writer, I am frequently asked, “How long can I hold a wine before drinking?”

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We have seasonal celebrations over the next 75 days: Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Traditional wine lovers enjoy Champagne or sparkling wine with their family and friends on these occasions.

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