The True Value of Cold Hardy Hybrids

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  1. Irv Geary says:

    To Further echo Johns point, many varieties that are grown at to marginal of a climate will fail to ripen and produce poor wines of that profile. I can get Merlot to survive at my site, but it will never fully ripen to the point that I could make good wine from it. St Croix on the other hand, ripens well and gives its best fruit profiles to the wines we make. Also, people love the idea that wines are made from local fruit. People want to try wines that represent your area and climate. We tell people we are 100% locally grown and customers want to support us because of it.

  2. Tom Plocher says:

    It would be nice to have mentioned the variety Petite Pearl, which, eventually, may well supplant Marquette owing to its later bud break in the spring, adaptability to a wider range of northern climates, and better wine quality.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Funny you should bring up Petite Pearl. We have a full Midwest Wine Press article on this exciting new varietal in production currently.

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