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The Spence

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In the age of industrialized food, experts recommend you stay away from anything made with ingredients you can't pronounce. But in the wine world, bizarre varietals you've never heard of are treasures waiting to be uncorked. At the Spence, Justin Amick, general manager, wine director, and advanced sommelier, is obsessed with finding odd, obscure specimens for his list of 90-ish wines. Try the tight but juicy cinsault/syrah/cabernet sauvignon blend from Lebanon, just to say you've had a wine from Lebanon. Or the puzzling pelaverga piccolo from Piedmont because it's really fun to say and tastes like dried strawberries and white pepper. If you must, you'll find your California chard and Napa cab under the heading Tried and True. We'll be at the bar testing out the inky black vranec-kratosija from Macedonia and the herbally hondarribi beltza from Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain.
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