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Bringing Mediterranean Winegrapes to California

Introducing new, warm-weather cultivars to California may allow wineries to offer a wider array of products to consumers and diversify the marketplace.
Sep 2006 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
The state of California is blessed to be within one of the planet's Mediterranean climate zones. These areas are widely dispersed around the planet, but share the commonality of dry, sunny, warm summers and cool, wet winters. While comprising only 2 percent of the earth's surface, they contain nearly 16 percent of the planet's species and proportionally have greater biodiversity than rainforests. Presently, California's fine wine industry is based on the "international varietals," which include...
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