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Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 9461
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 11:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is the kind of article that once was a staple of travel writing, except that it's about beer rather than wine. It also cements Italy's reputation, along with Denmark, as one of the craft beer centers of Europe.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/travel/02Beer.html?em
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6173
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The next thing they will be raving about will be English wines.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 9469
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Stranger things have happened. They make some very good (and a couple of great) wines in the Niagara wine region less than a half hour's drive from my house here in Ontario. And the Germans who settled Cincinnati once grew grapes along the Ohio River bluffs because it reminded them of the Rhine.

(Message edited by BillPierce on November 03, 2008)
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 1888
Registered: 02-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 02:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Global warming could yet make your prediction real, Dan. East Kent Chardonnay, anyone?
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1645
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 02:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The labrusca grapevines grown along the Ohio River were imported by French vineyards in the 1860's to try and solve a mildew problem. Trouble was, the labrusca vines carried phylloxera, a root louse. The labrusca rootstock were phylloxera resistant, but the vinifera roots of European grapes weren't. Within 20 years, 2,000,000 acres of French vineyards were decimated.

Rootstock was taken from the Ohio River grape growing region and planted all across Europe. Then vinifera vines were grafted to the labrusca rootstock to restore the vineyards.