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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- I’ve been drinking wine withpleasure for a very long time and the jaw-dropping moments havebeen few and far between. Sometimes the wines I expected littleof proved to be a revelation, which was the case when I had myfirst sip of Edoardo Valentini’s Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 30 yearsago at a seafood restaurant in Italy.

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My wife and I had ordered spaghetti with clams and agrilled branzino graced only with olive oil and lemon at Guerinoin the seaside town of Pescara in the Abruzzo region. Lookingover the winelist I spotted Valentini’s wine at a price wayabove the other trebbianos. In those days $10 was a fortune tospend on an Italian white, especially trebbiano, which is madein Abruzzo in bulk and is rarely more than dry and pleasant.

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The other odd thing about the Valentini listing was itsage, 10 years, which is about 8 years more than I would everconsider drinking a trebbiano. I was curious.

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Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 Here's the scoop: In the wild and wacky world of B.C. wine, beer and liquor labeling, the race for gold is already well under way.

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And the Hired Belly is now thinking that maybe the Cellared in Canada debacle is a mere drop in the ocean (so to speak) of what awaits unsuspecting Olympic visitors.

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These days, with the number of new wineries real and imagined popping up on the radar it's hard enough for locals to keep track -- let alone unwary visitors.

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Some chardonnays stand out from the herd With chardonnay as plentiful as it gets, consumers can have a tough time distinguishing those that are worth their time and money. Here is a list of some that stand out, including those from Barefoot Cellars, RiverAerie and Phelps Creek Vineyards.

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CHARDONNAY HAS been — and still is — the leading white-wine varietal in this country, both in terms of vineyard acreage (vast!) and sales (humongous). It's a worldwide superstar, too. The grape thrives in just about every country where wine grapes are grown. It is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible to many wine writers.

Chenin Blanc India

Personally, I enjoy chardonnays, but confess I rarely get excited about them. Like many consumers, I find it hard to know what's going to be in the bottle labeled chardonnay. Will it be steely and crisp, tasting of green apples and lemon juice? Will it be fleshy and fruity — a bowl of stone fruits, tropical fruits, bubble gum? Will it be buttered popcorn in a bottle? Toast and coffee? Ancient sea life soaked in chalk? Chardonnay can be any and all of the above. No unknown label is going to give you much of a clue about what's inside, beyond simple (or silly) terms such as "naked" or "unwooded." So you have to do some scouting to find producers who make the style of chardonnay you enjoy, at a price you are willing to pay.

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One of the great things about wine is that every year is a voyage of discovery: no two vintages are exactly alike, and with new labels appearing on the shelves all the time, consumers have the opportunity to find something new every time they visit a good retailer.

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Of course, our options in India are still quite limited. Wine from wine grapes are as yet produced only in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, and what with inter-state taxes pushing up wine costs by between Rs 200 to 300 per bottle in those two states, most wineries prefer to sell their wares within the state of production itself.

Sauvignon Blanc India

All India, the most significant new wine available at retail is Four Seasons, from the spirits division of the UB Group. UB has the vision, the means, and the setup to both make wines for every taste and pocket, and make them widely available. They will give the current market leader Sula a tough fight in the years to come.

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FUN WHILE IT LASTED Naomi Brilliant's Sonoma winery, Roshambo, set its sights on a young market but was unprofitable.

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Published: January 22, 2010 The party’s over for Naomi Brilliant. The social butterfly whose rock ’n’ roll events at Roshambo, her Sonoma winery, attracted droves of San Francisco hipsters — typically in silly costumes — is plowing under the vines she inherited from her grandfather to grow vegetables. She’s sold the last of her Roshambo wine.

Rosé India

After 10 years in overdrive trying to convince her generation that wine is a blast, “I realized I wasn’t having any fun doing this any more,” Ms. Brilliant, 37, said in an interview.

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