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.
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