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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Do Italian wines age as well as French wines?

—Peter, Oradell, N.J.

Dear Peter,

Wow, that's kind of a loaded question. If I step around the minefields of generalization about (a) whether or not French wines age well, (b) whether or not Italian wines age well, and (c) whether or not one can say that wines from one country age better or worse than wines from another country ... I'll say yes. There are some Italian wines—notably Barolos and Brunellos—that have earned a reputation for aging very gracefully. Whether or not these wines—young or old, from Italy or elsewhere—are to your liking is a question you'd have to answer for yourself.

—Dr. Vinny

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