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vuh ree tuhl

  • n  a wine made principally from one grape and carrying the name of that grape

  • If you're a winemaker, having a little-known but delicious varietal up your sleeve is no bad thing, given the constant pressure to satisfy consumers' ever more fickle palates.
  • Although the characters in the film consume all sorts of wines, it's whiny oenophile Miles' poignant ode to this oft overlooked and finicky varietal that has moviegoers rushing to .
  • The rare Loire varietal was introduced in 1519 under Franois I, and that this patch survived the phylloxera epidemic is as miraculous an anomaly as the nectar it produces.

  • David Lynch in Orlando Sentinel
    It's a German thing, I guess,said Lynch in a recent e-mail interview. "German precision. I love the fine-tuned engineering of the varietal whites of the Alto Adige. White wine is all about aromatics and brightness, and that's what the...
  • Glenn in San Francisco Chronicle
    I don't think I've ever seen a varietal take off as dynamically as Pinot has in the last two years,says Glenn Proctor, a broker with the bulk wine and grape brokerage firm Joseph W. Ciatti Co.
  • Deborah Read in Boston Globe
    The color of the oil depends on the varietal and the timing in the harvest season,Rogers said.

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