Daily Wine News: Native Grapes

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Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape.

Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape.

Lauren Mowery looks at the producers working to save America’s indigenous grapes in Wine Enthusiast. “Naysayers argue that these grapes demonstrate less character and remain limited in appeal and scope. Yet, the growers have often sold their efforts short. They’ve been apologetic, says Heekin, about their wines as compared to their Vitis vinifera brethren… As America’s climate changes, the use of plant material native to the soil or hybridized to thrive in its regions may be critical to the survival of the country’s wine industry.”

In Meininger’s, Jeni Port reports on Australia’s quest for native grapes. “Can an original vinous expression of one nation’s land, people and culture be distilled and created in a lab?”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley catches up with Bob Lindquist about the sale of his winery, Qupé.

Stacy Briscoe reports on the Masters of Merlot seminar, where experts discussed the growing merlot market, in Wines & Vines.

In SevenFifty Daily, NYC sommelier Nicolas Capron-Manieux reflects on his time working harvest at Domaine Hubert Lamy in Burgundy.

Joe Roberts explores Spain’s Somontano wine region. “What makes Somontano such an awkwardly difficult topic in marketing meetings is the same thing that makes many of its wines so good: the place has a great climate growing famous international grape varieties. As winemaker Jesús Artajona Serrano, from Enate (one of the founders of the Somontano DO) puts it, “we are in a small California…””

Liza B. Zimmerman reports on why Mondavi Winery’s proposed Aloft project is upsetting some locals in Wine-Searcher.

Tom Wark reviews Morten Scholer’s new book, Coffee and Wine.

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