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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008

Nebbiolo

The noble variety of northwestern Italy’s Piedmont region, Nebbiolo is the grape that makes Barolo and Barbaresco some of the world’s greatest reds. The wine’s soft red colors belie its high, often-harsh tannins that can take years to settle down.

A few vineyards grown Nebbiolo in the Northwest, and just a handful of wineries are crafting the wine. Look to Washington’s Columbia Valley or Oregon’s Rogue Valley for Nebbiolo.