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August 2005
Is the Classic Rioja Grape the Next New World Superstar?
The success of Spanish wines has more growers taking an interest in the noble red Tempranillo grape, a locally untapped resource.
by Christopher Sawyer
When you consider how well French, Italian and even German grape varieties have done in California, you almost have to shake your head in disbelief that it is only now that growers and vintners are starting to get serious about working with Tempranillo, the noble red grape from Spain. While the variety does have a long, storied past of being cultivated on the West Coast, truth is it simply arrived before its time. The first cuttings were brought to California in the 1890s from ValdepeƱas, ...
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