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AMARONE The most famous dried grape wine in Italy produced from the same grapes and in the same zones as Valpolicella. High-quality grape bunches are dried, often allowing Botrytis to form on the grapes. The grapes are then pressed and fermented, resulting in an intense, highly alcoholic wine with some oxidative qualities that vary depending on the presence of noble rot.

APPELLATION d’ORIGINE CONTRÔLÉE (AOC)This is the French appellation system that controls and designates wines, spirits, cheeses, and other foods of distinct geographic regions in France. Pessac-Léognan is an important wine appellation created in 1987 in Northern Graves, Bordeaux, renowned for red wines with longevity.

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