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Abandoned Vineyard

An abandoned vineyard

Yes it happens. People abandon vineyards. Maybe I can get them to abandon some vintage wines in my baliwick.

Miscellaneous Wine Trivia

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A European Economic Community law states that if a vineyard is abandoned for eight years, it must revert to nature and may no longer be used for winemaking or any other commercial purpose.

One of the weirdest grape names is the Portuguese white Borrado das Moscas, translated as fly droppings. The acidic Portuguese red grape Esgana Căo runs a close second, it translates to dog strangler. Come to think of it, the Portuguese red Bastardo name is also expressive, and needs no translation.

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