Nikolas Krankl of Fingers Crossed on Rhône varieties

Nikolas Krankl of Fingers Crossed on Rhône varieties

June 2, 2023

Nikolas Krankl of

Fingers Crossed 

...on Rhône varieties

Julia and Nikolas Krankl of Fingers Crossed are Wine Presenters for Hospice du Rhône Blackberry Farm 2023, an annual event now in its thirteenth year, celebrating Rhône variety producers along with incredible culinary and musical talent. 

Fingers Crossed will be joined by Wine Presenters, Michel, Tina and Isabel Gassier of Domaine Gassier; Guest Chef, Tyler Florence of Wayfare TavernMiller & Lux and Food Networkand Musical Guest, Tenille Townes.



Winemakers Nikolas and Julia Krankl 

Nikolas Krankl on Rhône varieties...

I was lucky enough to grow up with Rhône varieties on the dinner table.  Iconic producers such as Alban, Beaucastel, Bonneau, Janasse, Pegau, and Saxum to name a few, made regular appearances, well before I was mature enough to fully appreciate them. 

Working at Sine Qua Non coupled by a trip to Clos Saint Jean in Châteauneuf-du-Pape cemented the love affair.  That was the “Aha Moment” when a light bulb went off in my head.  The intoxicating smell of Roussanne fermenting, the hand-staining color of Syrah, the unwavering creamy texture of Grenache on your palate. 

When we started Fingers Crossed there wasn’t even a question about what varieties we would use – it was obvious.  They might not be the easiest grapes to grow and vinify, but like any great partner they constantly challenge, inspire, surprise and delight us.    

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