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Cellar in a Snap: Italy, France, Switzerland and Canada with Louise Wilson MW and Michael Lutzmann.

This Cellar Offering features lesser-known Appellations and grapes to discover as well as some familiar names. Northern parts of Italy are influenced by mountains – there is after all even a region named in recognition of this. Piedmont, or Piemonte, meaning foot of the mountain, refers to the proximity of the Alps and is one of Italy’s most highly prized wine regions. But mountains and hillsides are present throughout Italy with the Apennines acting as the country’s spine. Combined with large bodies of water in the form of surrounding seas or lakes such as Lake Garda, the landscape produces an array of terroirs where a profusion of grape varieties have been grown for centuries.

Canada’s lakes play a role in producing its best wines, protecting vines from harsh and damaging winter temperatures and tempering heat in summer. Wine production in Canada may be small in the grand scheme of things, but it is growing in popularity and stature. Understanding of its unique terroirs and quality potential is improving all the time thanks to the perseverance and enthusiasm of producers such as Karlo Estate in Prince Edward County and Pearl Morissette in Niagara.

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