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Vines growing against black lava on the isle of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.

The center of our planet a distance which, as the crow flies, is about the same as taking a flight from Pittsburgh to Paris in France is about 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit (6,100 degrees Celsius), or about as hot as the surface of the sun.

Many great wines come from the Soave region of Italy, including San Vincenzo.

Ask three wise sommeliers to name a few wine regions noteworthy for consistent value and you'll get no shortage of intriguing answers. Surprisingly, you also may get very little overlap. That's how big the wine world has become. I conducted the exercise recently and was directed all over the map (or, rather, almost all over; predictably, there were zero votes for California, Burgundy and the Médoc).

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from Marlborough, and Central Otago Carrick Bannockburn Chardonnay 2016.

When I heard last year that Central Otago's Mount Difficulty had been swallowed up by Foley Family Wines (one of US billionaire Bill Foley's many companies), I felt a small sadness.

I'm always being told foreign ownership is not a bad thing, and I agree to some extent. Foley Family Wines, for example, has done nothing but improve the quality and stability of the two Martinborough brands it recently acquired, Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards. Over the short term, anyway.

Marilisa currently runs four companies hands-on within Allegrini Estates.

As we celebrate leading women in the wine industry this week during NH Wine Week, it’s fitting to recognize Marilisa Allegrini, an Italian leading lady of wine.

Winemaker Takahide Sugimoto tasted wine for the first time at age 44. He and his wife release acclaimed California wines. Photo: TakahaWine

If you want to taste an acclaimed California winery’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, you’ll need plane fare and a passport.

Ch.igai Takaha was founded by husband-and-wife team Takahide and Miyoko Sugimoto in 2006.