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Godello is a white wine grape once widely planted in the Valdeorras region in Northwestern Spain. The grape was nearly extinct in the 1970s because it is susceptible to disease, difficult to grow, and just plain finicky. Skilled producers Horacio Fernandez Presa and Luis Hidalgo recognized that the heirloom varietal needed some TLC. Together they successfully delivered the grape from extinction. Forty years later, Godello is enjoying a renaissance; it has been described as "the next Chardonnay". The wines are zesty, with crisp citrus, apricot and peach notes. Reach for a classic from the Bierzo region to get started. Bodega del Abad is a wonderful choice.

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