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Two of Wine Spectator's Dana Nigro's selections come from hard-to-work, steeply terraced areas where winegrowers are bringing modern viticulture and winemaking methods to old vineyards and little-known native grapes. The Spanish appellation of Bierzo lies on the border between a maritime climate and an arid plateau. Portugal's Douro Valley features a similar climatic frontier setting. In both regions, schist and granite soils mark many of the best sites. The pink wines of southern France may seem to have little in common with isolated Bierzo or the source of inky Ports. But like the dry Douro reds that lived in the shadow of the fortified wines made from the same grape varieties, dry rosés were often a pale afterthought. Now, producers are tailoring their techniques to treat these wines as individuals in their own right.
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