Esgana Cão

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Esgana Cão, synonyms for the Portuguese white grape variety known on the Island of Madeira as sercial. Its full name on the mainland means ‘dog strangler’, presumably a reference to its notably high acidity. It can, occasionally, be found as an ingredient in vinho verde and bucelas.