April 24, 2017

Is Australian Chambourcin The Best?

Chambourcin is a very popular grape for winemakers in less extreme temperatures zones of the Midwest. However, like many hybrids, the grape isn't high in tannins and once vinified into dry red wine, it can be plagued by an overly vegetal taste.I haven't tried a huge number of Chambourcin wines - possibly fifteen to twenty -  but even to a fan of hybrid grapes like me, many were simply too … [Read more...]

Edg-Clif Farms: Chambourcin Specialists

Homepage photo: Cyndy Keesee and Steffie Littlefield. Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard, a 550 plus acre property in Potosi, Missouri, is a winery with a unique focus. In 2008, after soil tests revealed that the rich earth was suited to Chambourcin, the owners decided to play their hand to full advantage by planting  mainly Chambourcin grapes.That move quickly paid off for Cyndy Keesee and … [Read more...]

Reds a “Natural” at Indiana’s Oliver Winery

"Reds grow here!"  exclaims Bernie Parker, Vineyard Manager at Creekbend Vineyards, the agricultural division of Oliver Winery of Bloomington, Indiana.  And that’s not just his opinion; it’s his track record.  From the grapes grown at Creekbend, Oliver Winery produces a full line of both hybrid and viniferia estate wines, including their award-winning reds.From estate grown Chambourcin, Oliver … [Read more...]