Daily Wine News: Grape Diversity

Vineyards in Santa Barbara.

Matt Kettmann looks at how farmers and winemakers in Santa Barbara are doubling down on grape diversity. “With an eye on sustainability in both economic and environmental terms, forward-thinking farmers and winemakers are giving consumers what they want, which increasingly are lower-alcohol, higher-acid, sustainably grown, and, most importantly, more affordable wines. In so doing, Santa Barbara County is positioning itself as a place for not only one grape, but for all the grapes, attempting to do in 3,800 square miles what the entire country of France does across a landscape 50 times the size.” 

Winemakers in Fleurie have taken another step towards premier cru status for certain top vineyard areas after backing a final proposal to be sent to France’s appellation body, reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

In Club Oenologique, Essi Avellan charts the seemingly unstoppable rise of Ulysse Collin Champagne.

In Bloomberg, Jasmine Ng reports on Australia’s current struggles with exports, with those to the UK down 20% and those to the US down 8%.

In Wine Enthusiast, Mike DeSimone explores how the moniker “Rhône varieties” came to be, where these grapes actually originated and how we should label them moving forward.

The James Beard Foundation 2023 media award nominees have been announced.

Kristin Braswell highlights a handful of California wine regions to visit in Afar Magazine.

Julia Buckley explores the food and wine of Mount Etna in National Geographic.

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