Though this may look like an ordinary bunch of white grapes, it’s really something much more special with an interesting story behind it. This grape variety is known as Pedro Jimenez in Chile (elsewhere known as Pedro Ximénez) and only a very small planting of this grape exists in Chile’s far northern Elqui valley, where I believe it is used to make the distilled spirit called Pisco. Whenever I see a grape so clearly named after a person, I’m always super curious about the story. It turns out that this grape got its name from the guy that packed it in his suitcase — a solider in the Spanish Army who brought it to Spain from its (somewhat less clear) region of origin in the 1500s. — Alder Yarrow
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