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Cortese is a white grape variety most famously associated with the crisp, lime-scented wines of Gavi. The variety is known for its bracing acidity and its ability to retain freshness even when grown in warm environments. Apple, peach and honeydew flavors are commonly associated with Cortese wine, with lime, almond and light herbal or grassy aromas. Cortese is planted in Piedmont, Italy and is often used in sparkling and semi-sparkling wines. It is also used as a minor blending grape in other regions. To ensure success, it must be watched carefully in the vineyard and ripeness must be carefully monitored. Cortese is also sensitive to rot and is used as a table grape. Some plantings can be found in southern hemisphere locations, but they remain experimental.
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