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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Die, town between the rhône Valley and the alps (see map under france) whose name features in the Clairette de Die and Crémant de Die sparkling wine appellations and Coteaux de Die, a light, still, dry white wine made from Clairette grapes. According to pliny, the local tribe in Roman times, the Voconces, made a sparkling sweet wine, and practised an early form of temperature control by plunging barrels full of fermenting must in the river. Most wines are sparkling and many of them are sweet and grapey. For more information, see clairette de die, crémant, and châtillon-en-diois.