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Everyone knows the name Chardonnay as it’s so famous around the world. But in California it used to be called Pinot Chardonnay, because it’s the genetic offspring of Pinot Noir. That’s another famous name which in Germany is called Spätburgunder and in Austria Blauburgunder—Chardonnay in Austria is called Morillon. Other members of the Pinot family also have various names: Pinot Gris was historically called Fromenteau in Champagne and Beurot in Burgundy and has the literal translation of Pinot Grigio in Italy; in Germany it’s called Grauburgunder (spot the Burgungder = Pinot theme). If that’s confusing enough—and these are well-known, familiar...

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