Through the Grapevine: Beginner’s Guide to Bordeaux
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In crance appellations are referred to by the letters AOC, which means “Appellation d’origine contrôlée, or “controlled designation of origin.” Restrictions other than geographical boundaries may apply to certain appellations, such as what grapes can be grown in the area, maximum grape yields, alcohol levels in wine, and other quality factors.
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Christine Carroll is a columnist for Wines and Vines Magazine in San Rafael California and one of the principals of Crossing Vineyards and Winery. She is a FRrMEr RFfiCEr RF WHE PENNVyLvDNID WINery Association’s Board of Directors.