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It's a fairly long story, but here goes... First "Fox Grapes" are American grapes. There are several species of vitis that are used for wine production. I think in this case it's vitis labrusca. So, here's what happened. Somewhere in the 1860s a French researcher brought grapevines from the USA to France in pots with soil. He planted them in a vineyard to ...


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In the History and Taxonomy of Distilled Spirits There is ample evidence that distilled spirits were available during the time period you mentioned in a variety of places. We know that that Greek Alchemists developed the distillation processes about 1 AD and that a true distillation process was developed in Italy in the 1200s at the School of Salerno and ...


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The question is very broad - A lot of the answer would depend on a more specific geographical location and/or a narrower time-window. For example in France, Taverns and inns (not restaurants) were the only places for common people to eat-out all of the way up until the late 18th century, according to the wiki. This would seem to make them THE hot-spot in ...


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Amarone and Valpoliccella Ripasso from Italy are your safest bet. Any wine that’s made with dried grapes (appassimento) will hold some sweetness without moving into the category of dessert wine or fortified (port). These wines should be readily available through the world and may other countries are producing appassimento styles, one I am familiar with is ...


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