July 21, 2017

New Wine Grape Coming From Univ Of Minnesota

The acclaimed University of Minnesota cold hardy grape breeding program will soon be announcing a new white wine grape, according to Peter Hemstad, at the University's Horticultural Research Center near Minneapolis.  This new grape, which is currently known only by a number, is the first Minnesota grape released since Marquette in 2006."We’re very excited about this new grape," Hemstad … [Read more...]

University of Minnesota Fall Grape Tour

 This is a short review of my visit to the Fall Tour at the University of Minnesota (U of M) Horticultural Research Center on September 6, 2014.My main interest was to see how vinifera varieties and other "not hardy" varieties survived the 2014 polar vortex using the "J-system"  vine training techniques used at the U of M vineyard.  And I was impressed by such a high percentage of grape … [Read more...]

Cold Hardy Grape Documentary Debuts

The short-form documentary "Cold Climate Grapes Uncorked" premiered Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Sovereign Estate Vineyard and Winery in Waconia, Minnesota. The husband-and-wife team of Marcus and Emily Taplin launched a Kickstarter campaign to get funding to write, direct, and produce the documentary.  Emily is a television news reporter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, while Marcus works for Fox Sports … [Read more...]

Frontenac Outgrows Wild Youth

The Frontenac wine grape started with a graduate student on a canoe trip.   While paddling through the suburbs of Minneapolis during 1976, a University of Minnesota graduate student named Patrick Pierquet found the wild parent of Frontenac growing along the Minnesota River.  (Pierquet is now the enology wine lab manager at Ohio State University in Wooster.) Back at the … [Read more...]

Frontenac Gris Grape Moves Beyond Minnesota

During 1992,  a new grape variety was discovered by Peter Hemstad in the vineyard at the University of Minnesota’s Horticulture Research Center. According to Katie Cook,  enology project leader at the University of Minnesota, the new grape, called Frontenac Gris, was a single bud mutation of  Frontenac berries growing on a vine that normally bears black fruit. “We see a lot of Frontenac … [Read more...]

TTB Approves Names of Midwest Varietals

Effective November 28, 2011,  the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and  Trade Bureau approved the names of  certain varietals as requested by various breeders, vineyards and wineries in the Midwest.   Under the TTB ruling,  these varietal names can now be used in designating wines so consumers can more readily ask for and read about them by name.  The ruling also allows the use of the new varietal names on … [Read more...]