Creating Our Niche Wines: Bountiful Fruits of the Midwest – Red Wine Blends
Several new red grape cultivars have been recently developed which are perhaps better suited for our cold climate than many of their predecessors. In the hands of an experienced winemaker, new cultivars such as, Petite Pearl, Crimson Pearl and Verona, can be made into bold, high quality red wines. Moreover, because of their cold hardiness, late budding, and ability to easily ripen in our climate, they are highly sustainable cultivars. However, it perhaps makes no sense to pull out earlier developed red grape cultivars, which are already producing many award winning wines. This wine tasting session will highlight the use of these new cultivars as potential “blenders” with our existing cultivars (e.g., Marquette & Frontenac) to create our niche wines from the bountiful fruits of the Midwest.
Session Category : Enology Tract