Daily Wine News: 900-Year-Old Savagnin Blanc Discovery

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Savagnin Blanc (Wikimedia)

Savagnin Blanc (Wikimedia)

In the Atlantic, Sarah Zhang reports on findings that show Savagnin Blanc has been continuously propagated for at least 900 years. “Nathan Wales…and his collaborators came across the 900-year-old Savagnin Blanc among 28 grape seeds excavated from nine different archaeological sites around France. The seeds dated back to the medieval period, the Roman era (100 BCE to 500 AD), and in one case, even the Iron Age (500 BCE). The team found six separate pairs or groups of genetically identical seeds, sometimes hundreds of miles apart. The clones had almost certainly spread through vegetative propagation by humans.”

In Forbes, Lauren Mowery talks to Jen Parr about her transition from being a financial software saleswoman in America to a noted Pinot Noir winemaker in Central Otago with Valli Wine.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Green comments on the 2017 Vintage Port declaration.

Neal Martin also explores the 2017 Vintage Ports in Vinous. “Clearly, these 2017 Vintage Ports merit a General Declaration. In fact, it would not surprise me if General Declarations do become more frequent, because winemaking techniques have improved so much in recent years. Nowadays not only is there more expertise in the vineyard, but winemaking techniques have been vastly fine-tuned…”

People see what they want to see, says Robert Joseph in Meininger’s. And that could spell trouble for some, including the English sparkling wine industry.

Marian Bull does a deep dive into natural wine for Vox.

On Robert Parker’s Wine Journal, R.H. Drexel reflects on BottleRock 2019.

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