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The Scandinavian country of Sweden does not produce much in the way of wine. Despite seemingly endless summer days, it’s just too cold to ripen grapes properly. However, Sweden does have a national drink: vodka. Vodka is a clear distillate that can be produced from almost anything from grain to vegetables to sugars and fruits. For commercial purposes, it is most typically produced from rye, wheat, corn, or potatoes. It has been produced in Sweden since the 15th century, then known as “bränvin” (“burnt wine”), once mostly consumed for medicinal purposes. By the 17th century, with some refinements in its distillation process, it had become the national drink. In the mid 19th century, the first Swedish commercial vodka was introduced by Lars Olson Smith, Absolut Rent Bränvin. 
 
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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Diamond

    History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moor...

  • Negroamaro

    History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter de...

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