September 19, 2017

Vote Here to Name New Red Grape

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota is asking for wine drinkers’ help with naming two new highly anticipated red wine varieties developed by the renowned grape breeder Tom Plocher. The two new grapes are currently known only as T.P. 1-1-34 and T.P. 2-11-17.

These two new red hybrid grapes are a follow-up to Plocher’s Petite Pearl. Since the first vintage of Petite Pearl was released in 2012, it has been getting a lot of attention. (The most read article in Midwest Wine Press last year was about Petite Pearl.)

Wine drinkers, wine makers and grape growers all have positive reactions to Petite Pearl. However, many question the wisdom of naming a red wine Petite Pearl. (Black Pearl would have been a better moniker, but that name has over 400 copyrights.)

“We want to make sure the name of the new grapes resonates with customers,” Bredeson said. “Many of our customers think Petite Pearl is a white wine for obvious reasons.”

According to Bredeson, the TTB recently approved the varietal name Petite Pearl for use on wine bottles, a major step towards building consumer awareness.

Vote here for new Tom Plocher Red Wine Grapes:  CLICK HERE TO VOTE ONCE 

Special note to Northern Illinois readers:  We are running this like an out of state election, so one vote per reader please.


About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.