Daily Wine News: Rotgipfler & Zierfandler

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Zierfandler. (Photo credit: Weinland Thermenregion)

Zierfandler. (Photo credit: Weinland Thermenregion)

“Why, in the past decade or so, have we all felt so drawn to native grapes? Is it simply the inevitable urge to rip up the global wall-to-wall carpeting of international varieties? Or is there more zeitgeist at work?” In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala pens an in-depth look at the wines of Bernhard Stadlmann, the eighth generation of his family to work with Rotgipfler and Zierfandler in the heart of the Thermenregion in Austria. “The Thermenregion is the only place in Austria — the world, in fact — where Zierfandler and Rotgipfler have always had pride of place in the region’s best vineyards.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Dunne has a piece about Shake Ridge Ranch, Amador County’s most highly acclaimed vineyard. “By California vineyard standards, Shake Ridge Ranch is an adolescent, starting to yield fruit only in 2005. In just 14 years, however, it has gained an uncommon stature among the state’s vineyards.”

Will subregions be the future of Provence rosé? Edith Hancock explores the idea in the Drinks Business.

In Wine Enthusiast, Alexander Peartree offers a travel guide to the Finger Lakes wine region.

According to Vitisphere, 12 percent of all French vineyards were organic in 2018, a 20 percent increase since 2017.

In VinePair, Ryan Hughley takes a close look at the sustainability efforts being made at López de Heredia.

Panos Kakaviatos highlights the stars in St-Estèphe beyond the classed growths in Decanter. (subscription req.)

Trump is threatening to put tariffs on French wine again.

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