Alvarinho the Portuguese name of a distinctive white grape variety grown around the town of Moncão in the extreme north west of Portugal's Vinho Verde country (and, as Albariño , in Galicia ). The grapes' thick skins help them withstand the particularly damp climate, and can result in wines notably high in alcohol, acidity, and flavour. Alvarinho was one of the first Portuguese grape varieties to appear on the labels of varietal wines and is therefore one of the best known. amabile Italian for sweet (sweeter than abboccato ) or, literally, 'lovable'. See also sweetness ....
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