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The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. Here, the Rhone Valley is steep and narrow, and the powerful mistral wind blows through it. The best vineyards are on terraced slopes. Syrah is the most important grape variety, and some of the red wines made from it stand with the best of Bordeaux. The following appellations produce mostly red wines made from Syrah, as well as a small amount of white wine: Cote Rotie (no white), St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas (no white), and Hermitage. Condrieu and Chateau Grillet both make unique wines from Viognier. Chateau Grillet is a monopole -- an entire appellation that belongs to only one producer. There are also sparkling white wines made in St-Peray from Marsanne and Roussanne.
– Description from juliabutareva

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The vines of the Northern Rhone benefit from a semi-continental climate between the cities of Vienne and Valence, where the Syrah grape variety is at its best. These wines are superb with elegance and subtleness that pair nicely with stews which have simmered for hours, sausages, steaks, creamy cheeses, etc. There are 8 Northern Rhone "Crus", distinguished appellations at the top of the region's hierarchy. Those include: COTE ROTIE, CONDRIEU, CHATEAU-GRILLET, SAINT-JOSEPH, CROZES-HERMITAGE, HERMITAGE, CORNAS, SAINT-PERAY. – Description from efabunan1

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