Daily Wine News: Saving Charbono

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A Turley Charbono bottling from 2003. (Wikimedia)

A Turley Charbono bottling from 2003. (Wikimedia)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at how winemakers are working to keep Charbono (called Bonarda in Savoie and Argentina, and Douce Noir in Italy)—Napa’s nearly extinct heritage grape—alive. “Today there are just 76 acres of this California heritage grape statewide, 45 of them in Napa Valley. Compare that to 21,665 acres of Napa Cabernet. Plus, Charbono grapes sell for a pittance compared with neighboring Cab vines: $3,649 per ton versus $7,854 in 2018. In fact, Charbono is officially endangered, according to Slow Food, which names it as one of just two wine grape varieties in its Ark of Taste, defined as “a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction.””

“As good as Chianti Classico is these days, it rarely seems to be an object of anybody’s desire. With the exception of some excellent Italian restaurants, few wine lists put it in the spotlight. It seldom features on any sommelier’s Instagram feed. Yet a good Chianti Classico is one of the most soulful wines I know.” Eric Asimov wonders why people aren’t drinking much Chianti Classico.

Elsewhere in the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on serious rosés and announces what’s up next for Wine School: Manzanilla sherry.

WineBusiness.com shares a few reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Tennessee case.

In Decanter, Elin McCoy shines a spotlight on Napa’s Silverado Vineyards. (subscription req.)

Alder Yarrow explores wines from Chile’s northernmost wine regions.

In Forbes, Elva Ramirez talks to Dom Pérignon’s head winemaker Vincent Chaperon about his plans for the future.

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