Daily Wine News: Old Vines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-13-2020

Old vines in Lodi, CA. (Source: Lodi Native)

Research from the University of Cape Town shows that using old vine fruit earns winemakers more money. This effort to quantify the gains, says Michael Fridjhon in Meininger’s, may help keep these treasured old vines alive.

In Harpers UK, Madeleine Waters looks at Lebanon’s deeply troubled wine sector. “Lebanon’s own currency, the Lira, which has been artificially pegged to the US dollar for over 20 years, has lost around 80% of its value over the last few months. Lebanon imports around 90% of what it consumes, including – crucially for the wine industry, bottles, corks and equipment – pretty much everything apart from the grapes grown in its near-perfect terroir. All these imports need to be paid for in dollars. But wine is one of Lebanon’s only exports, and therefore of huge importance, especially at this time.”

Alkali Rye, a new beverage shop in Oakland, is prioritizing producers from underrepresented backgrounds. Esther Mobley has the scoop in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the Terroir Review, Meg Maker talks with La Garagista winemaker Deidre Heekin about her holistic approach to “wine” and her recent cider projects.

“Mike Lucia owns an entire Northern California wine appellation. The owner of Rootdown Wine Cellars recently bought the 150-acre Cole Ranch Appellation for $2.7 million,” reports David Caraccio in the Sacramento Bee. “Cole Ranch is the smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the country. The AVA has 55 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (26.5 acres), Pinot Noir (10.2 acres), Merlot (7 acres) and Riesling (11.5 acres) vines in Mendocino County. Chardonnay grapes also are grown there.”

In Decanter, James Button explores Northern Italian regions beyond Barolo, Barbaresco and Prosecco. (subscription req.)

Andrew Jefford charts the rise of rosé in the Financial Times. (subscription req.)

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