Category: Varietal

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Labrusca Wines Deserve More Respect

When discussing wine, it is close to fatal to suggest a wine is a Labrusca or even has some Labrusca characteristics. Winemakers, enthusiasts and sommeliers will drop the discussion like it was a cold that is...

St. Vincent: Missouri’s Mystery Grape 6

St. Vincent: Missouri’s Mystery Grape

The French-American hybrid grape St. Vincent is an orphan. Or at least, that is how it is perceived to be. Unlike most other hybrid grape varietals found in Missouri, St. Vincent’s parentage is largely...

Frontenac Outgrows Wild Youth 1

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...

Riedel to Create First Ever Vignoles Glass 0

Riedel to Create First Ever Vignoles Glass

On December 6th,  Riedel, the world’s leading wine glass company, will host a meeting at Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta to help design the world’s first glass for Vignoles.  Flying in from Austria for...

Foch Maintains a Midwest Following 2

Foch Maintains a Midwest Following

  When the Marechal Foch wine grape was introduced in 1920, the name “Foch” probably seemed like a winner.  At the time, WW I French General Ferdinand Foch was a well know public figure...

Northern Minnesota Vineyard Trial Results 1

Northern Minnesota Vineyard Trial Results

Data from the first phase of a major Minnesota vineyard trial has been tabulated, according to Dennis Emslie Drummond, VESTA Coordinator at Central Lakes College in Staples, Minnesota, about 130 miles northeast of the...