Daily Wine News: Finding Flora

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Flora makes up 55% of the blend in the Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley delves into the history of the Flora grape, used by Schramsberg Vineyards to make sparkling wine. “Flora was one of many brand-new grape varieties bred at UC Davis in the mid-20th century by one of its legendary viticultural professors, Harold Olmo. To create Flora, Olmo crossed two European grapes, Semillon (a white grape found mainly in Bordeaux) and Gewurztraminer (a white grape found mainly in Alsace). Like many other genetic crossings, Flora was intended to inherit desirable traits from each of its parents — in its case, the honey-like notes of Semillon and the intensely floral aromas of Gewurztraminer.”

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