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Italian red varieties thrive in the Northwest

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Italy’s winemaking history goes back millennia, and today the Mediterranean country produces about a third of all the wine in the world.

When Italians emigrated to the United States, they brought their winemaking prowess with them. As early as the 1850s, Italian immigrants arrived in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley and began growing grapes and making wine.

Today, Italian varieties of wine grapes are grown throughout the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Washington’s Columbia Valley. Among the most popular is Sangiovese, the…

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