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The name for the famous Italian grape variety nebbiolo derives from nocens, Latin for "holy," a reference to Caesar’s belief that wines made from Nebbiolo were “fit for the Gods.”

Answer: False.

Nebbiolo is said to have derived its name from nebbia, meaning "fog," because of the powdery yeasts that grow on the grape skins in the fall. Some locals say that it is also a reference to the wisps of fog that envelope the Piedmont hills in fall when the grapes are picked. Nebbiolo is one of the oldest and most important varieties in Piedmont. In fact, nibiol was first mentioned in Piedmontese documents in the early 13th century.

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