Reducing Alcohol Levels in Cold Climate Wines

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  1. Patrick says:

    Hi Nick – Good article. I was wondering about the very high brix in riparia hybrids like Frontenac………is this due in part to dehydration of the berries? As you probably know, research has shown that vinifera varieties achieve very high brix(above, say, 24 brix) only by evaporation of water from the berries. Is this also true with the Frontenac family?

    • K. Newman says:

      Great question. Would practices like late season irrigation and high canopy leaf stripping possibly help to reduce per volume sugar contentwhilst encouraging the normal maturation process? At least in the former case, it would seemingly replace the need for dilution of the must.