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February 2001
The Rise of Rhône Varieties in the Northwest
by Lisa Shara Hall
Most wine-growing regions of the United States grow grape varieties thought best suited for their climate and soil. The varieties planted are based on trial and error, winemaker's tastes, curiosity, and the mimicking of longtime famous wine regions of the Old World where geography and climate can match to a greater or lesser degree.So, Bordeaux-like Napa has become known for its Bordeaux varieties, producing wines that rival the best of France, as first demonstrated in Steven Spurrier's now-hist...
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