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by Fred McMillin
for November 7, 1997
Winery of the WeekLuigi's Legacy
Prologue: The year is 1863 and this is the beverage news.
The sparkler's Muscat grape flavor and sweetness is enormously popular in America. My last figures show total spumanti sales here exceed total champagne sales. Many of my friends are only casual wine drinkers who do not like the shock of champagne. So I serve spumante with cheese appetizers when they arrive, and we get the evening off to a sparkling start.
Just the Facts
Postscript: The Muscat Canelli grape was right at home near Turin long before Luigi started his winery. Jancis Robinson tells us it is the oldest known variety in Piedmont. It was mentioned there as early as 1203 A.D.
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