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Obscure Wine Grapes: Cividin

If I said the flavor and aroma of this sweet white wine reminded me of an overripe pear, would that be a bad thing? Friuli winemaker Emilio Bulfon found these ancient wine grapes accidently dotted among other varietals in one of his vineyards. It isn't clear whether the grape originated in Northeast Italy or across the border in Slovenia. This is another one of those sweet white wines that was once highly prized in Europe and has since fallen out of fashion.

The label describes Cividin as "an elegantly perfumed white wine which was a delicacy in the 17th and 18th centuries." It is recommended as an aperitif or with charcuterie, ham or fish. I drank some outside on the patio on a hot summer evening with a Nicoise salad. It was pleasant, but if I had a do-over, I think I'd drink this wine for dessert with a stinky French semi-soft cheese and fruit.

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