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Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the south-west of France. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world, and in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Croatia, on the Balkan Peninsula in southern Europe, is a country made up of two distinct portions. The west of the country dominates the eastern Adriatic coastline, while its eastern, inland section borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Western Croatia (Primorska Hrvatska) forms 330 miles (531km) of idyllic coastline, running from the Istrian Peninsula to the Isthmus of Dubrovnik and dotted with islands and inlets. The majority of quality Croatian wine comes from these coastal areas (Primorska means 'coast'), although eastern, inland Croatia (Kontinentalna Hrvatska) also produces a certain ... more
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