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High-flying winemaker retools Italian traditions
[North Sports Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Wines
Author: Tom Hyland Special to the Tribune
Date: Aug 29, 2001
Start Page: 9
Section: Good Eating
Abstract (Document Summary)

For Cotarella, who was in Chicago earlier this year, Italy's problems with tradition began when shoppers started passing over Italian wines in favor of those from France and California. Cotarella blames inferior grapes such as trebbiano (the country's most planted white varietal) and canaiolo (a red grape used as part of the blend in Chianti). "The producers were very fond of these varietals because they guaranteed the quantity," Cotarella said. "But you cannot get great quality out of canaiolo or trebbiano."

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