is a leading California producer of Petite Sirah.
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In medieval London, how was a merchant punished if he was
caught adulterating wine?
Answer—He was forced to drink
Is the largest wine-producing region in France Bordeaux
Answer—Neither. It is Languedoc in south-central France,
with more acres of vines than the U.S.A. Earlier, the inhabitants
spoke a language called Occitang. Thus, the region's name,
"langue d'Oc" or LANGUEDOC.
In the early 198Os Bulgaria was producing a very large volume
of competently-made, inexpensive wines exported to western
Europe. Who stopped the successful program and had vast
tracts of vines uprooted?
Answer—Gorbachev. When he became Soviet premier, he
reduced wine production as part of an effort to curb alcohol
Since Petite Sirah has virtually disappeared in its land
of origin, France, is California the sole remaining major
Answer—As of 1990, another country had as many acres
of Petite as California: Argentina.
The first federal American Viticultural Area was
established fairly recently, 1980. Naturally, it was in
Answer—Nope. The U.S.A.'s first AVA was in Missouri.
Andre Simon, 1877—1970, was the grand old gastronome of
London. It was there he founded The International Wine and
Food Society in 1933, and its Wine & Food Journal in 1934,
which he edited for three decades. Was he born in London?
Answer—Hardly. He was a French citizen his entire life,
did not take up the English language seriously until age
17, and did not leave France for England until he was 25.
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