By Gary L Peters
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Today, the use of phylloxera-resistant rootstock remains the only way to control phylloxera. Since about 1980, a new form of phylloxera, known as Type B, has emerged in California's hTapa Valley, where most vines had been planted on AxR#I, a rootstock that was thought to be phylloxera resistant but proved unresistant to this new snain. T h e h e r i c a n viticultural stage has now been set; the next chapter introduces the cast nf characters that play important roles in the vineyards nf the United States in the mid-1900s.
0 t h Important ~ Caltivars in American Vineyardc T h e importance of Chenin Blanc is apparent when we look at the acreage for this cultivar. However, before that we should glance at the g a p e itself and the variety ofwines that can he made from it. Also, we should note that sales of Chenin Blanc (along with Riesling and Gedrztrar7iner) have suffered in the United States as a result of competition from blush wines, especially ite Zinfandel. However, some wine makers have been taking a new look at this grape and making drier wines from it-and some are very good.
Sometimes referred to as a "poor persons Chardonnay," Sauvignon Blanc in the hands of wine makers such. as Galifornia's Fred Brander and Jon Bolta can be made into excellent white wines. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are typically golden yellow in color and grow in small clusters. This cultivar yields reasonably well and has been planted throughout most nf the cooler viticultural regions of California, as well as in Oregon, Wshington, Idaho, Ariwna, New Mexico, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Wrginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.