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Romeiko, the sole red grape native to western Crete, is experiencing a renaissance. One of the oldest grape varietals of the world, yet it is not well-known. Romeiko was dismissed as a village wine. At its best, homemade Romeiko became Marouvas, a rustic sherry-like style. At its worst, and more commonly, it became oxidized and resembled vinegar more than wine. When visitors to Chania tasted Romeiko, it literally left a bad taste in their mouth. This contributed to the bad reputation of Cretan wine throughout the better half of the 20th century. Modern wineries shunned Romeiko in favor of international varietals like Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot to produce quality wines wi

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