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Hermitage - (Air-mee-tahj)

One of the top wines of the Rhone, usually red (made from Syrah grapes) but also white, allegedly created by a Crusader who returned from the Holy Land bearing Syrah vines and declaring that his days of war were behind him and that this vineyard would be his hermitage. Also, pronounced in English ("HER-muh-taj") the long-time name of Grange Hermitage, one of Australia's most noteworthy reds; but the "Hermitage" was dropped around 1990 to satisfy European import criteria.

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