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FREE Virtual Event ~ Informal Wine Wednesday ~ Wines From Hybrid Grapes

    Wed, April 14, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Cost: Free

Wines Made from Hybrid Grapes      by Marty Cook 

We are all familiar with the short list of so called “Noble Grapes” that includes such favorite European or Vitis vinifera grape varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. But, what about grape varieties with names such as Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin, Norton, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles? This latter

group is comprised of Hybrid grape varieties. But, what is a “Hybrid”?


According to Wikipedia, “Hybrid grapes are grape varieties that are the product of a crossing of two or more Vitis species. This is in contrast to crossings between grape varieties of the same species.” So, a Hybrid is the crossing of two species of grapes, such as Vitis vinifera and, say, Vitis labrusca or Vitis aestivalis. A quick check on Google renders any number of possibilities for Hybrid wine grape varieties. A good source of such wines (if not your wine cellar) would be virtually any winery east of the Rockies. Curious for more on hybrid grape varieties? Check out these articles from Wine Folly and Wine Enthusiast.


So, do your best to locate a representative bottle of wine made from a Hybrid variety or from a blend of Hybrid varieties and join us for Wine Wednesday on April 14th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Zoom link shown below!


And, as always, please send a photo of the front and back labels from the bottle you choose to feature and send those photos to for inclusion in our Power Point Presentation for next Wednesday evening. We look forward to seeing you!

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