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18th Century— "If Italy had anything approaching a five-star wine in international eyes, it was Lachryma Christi of Vesuvius ('tear of Christ').
...Vintage, Hugh Johnson
20th Century—The Campania region of Italy, dominated by Mt. Vesuvius, is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The vine is cultivated intensely, for the area is limited and the demand worldwide. Falernum wine, prized by the Romans, has fallen from popularity. In its stead rules Lachryma Christi.
...Grossman's Guide, Harriet Lembeck
The Rest of the Story ...as told by Alexis Lichine
When Lucifer fell from grace, he and his retinue landed with such a crash that the land beneath them collapsed, to form the Bay of Naples. Lucifer soon realized he was in the place nearest to his lost Paradise, so he populated the area of Naples with his demons. The result was that Naples became a citadel of wickedness. The Savior, looking down one day, grieved to see the terrestrial paradise so steeped in sin and He wept, His tear falling on Mount Vesuvius. From the tear a vine sprang up, and it multiplied into a vineyard.
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1988 Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, Italy
Sonoma's first commercial vintner was General Mariano Vallejo. The name of his vineyard? Lachryma Montis. You see, the Spanish claim that they had the name first, the wine being called Lagrima ('tears') Christi, but that's a story for another day.
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