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The best California Barberas are typically made from blends of coastal grapes and grapes grown in the Great Central Valley. High natural acidity and substantial yields make Barbera attractive to grow in the warmest viticultural climates, where most plantings have occurred in recent years. ~ i . u- 1 ~v:~iitrar ~ 11,000 acres of Barbera in California, most of which were growing in the Great Central Valley; acreages in New Mexico and Texas are younger and much smaller. Wines made from this grape are used in the United States mainly for blending into generic burgundies and inexpensive proprietary wines, though a few wineries offer Barbera as a varietal wine.
VY(ls, &ere were only 3 35 acres of Mourvhdre in California (where it is known as Mataro and has begun to claim high prices), two-thirds of which were planted in Contra Costa County. ). As British wine writer Jancis Robinson (1%8G: t 80) noted: Quantitatively, the Viognier vine hardly deserves a mention in this hook. h y qualitathe assessment of the world"s wines, on the other hand, tends to linger over the intriping Mopier, . . Viopier produces kll-bodied, gc3ldcn wines with a haltnting and tantalisingly elusive bouquet.
Aside from those m e n ~ o n e d already, numerous other native American grape species grew from the Rocky Mountains e a s ~ a r dthough , there is no evidence that Native h e r i c a n s ever used them for wine production. The most widely distributed of these was Vitis riparia, which is found from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, though not along the Gulf Coast. npestris,Etis cordif@lid, and Etis ciner-g&,tthough today they are important for their roes, not for their grapes. Let's return briefly now to that ugliest of Americans, phylloxera vastatrix, a tiny aphid, sometimes called a root louse, that likes few things better than juicy Etif ai~zlfel-oroots.
American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes Of America's Wine Country by Gary L Peters