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November 2000
The Wines of Aphrodite's Isle
by M. David Levin
It seems that any discussion of wine on the ancient winemaking island-nation of Cyprus and the subject soon turns to sex, grapevine-sex that is. It seems that the native grape varietal, Maletheftiko, produces few male flowers--not good for production or reproduction. This is very frustrating, if not for Maletheftiko, then for winegrowers. When Maletheftiko does manage to get fertilized, it tends to either drop flowers or berries. Furthermore, during the initial stage of development of the grape ...
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