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The Marvels of Marquette

Meet Marquette, a genetically complex, sustainably-grown red hybrid that should be on your radar this summer. Its complex pedigree makes it a versatile grape to please just about every kind of wine drinker.
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2020 Harvest: A Bright Spot in a Tough Year

While 2020 continues to be a historically challenging year for Americans, the harvest has Hudson Valley winemakers and cider makers feeling cautiously, of all things, optimistic.
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Six Founding Fathers and How They Shaped Hudson Valley Wine

As the birthplace of American viticulture, the Hudson Valley has its share of pioneers. Here's a look at a few who helped shape the Hudson Valley's wine industry.
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19th Century American Grape Breeding and the Prominence of the Caywoods and Benmarl Vineyards

During the nineteenth century, the Mid-Hudson River Valley was one of the top three centers of American horticulture and fruit breeding, especially for grapes. At its height in 1890, the region was home to more than 13,000 acres of vineyards.
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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Hudson Valley Winemakers Prove Hybrid Wines Have a Place in the Cellar and at the Table

A plethora of wines made from hybrid varieties are emerging from “under-the-radar” status to notable wines—and it’s happening in our backyard.
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Bountiful Baco Noir

Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid grape that was bred by François (some say Maurice) Baco. Baco (1865 - 1947) was a teacher from the town of Belus, Landes, Armagnac Province, France (south of Bordeaux).
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Savoring Seyval

Seyval Blanc is a white French-American hybrid variety that is grown in the Hudson Valley. The grape is adaptable to different regions and climates, and is grown throughout the eastern United States, northern France, and England.
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Versatile Vidal Blanc

Vidal Blanc, also known as Vidal 256, is a versatile grape that can be made into a bone-dry, steely wine for fish, a barrel-aged wine reminiscent of a Fumé Blanc, or an ice wine that can rival the best dessert Rhine wines produced in Germany.
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Perplexing Pinot Noir

The insightful observation made by the famous wine writer Jancis Robinson in her 1986 book, Vines, Grapes and Wines best sums up many thoughts on this illusive grape variety.
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Velvety Vignoles

ignoles, a white grape also known as Ravat 51, has become one of the mainstays of the Eastern North American wine industry. This adaptable grape can produce wines that are comparable to wines produced in the Rhine Valley in Germany.
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Characterizing Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the noble grape variety that originally hails from Burgundy, France. It is believed by some to be an accidental or intentional hybrid that was propagated by local Burgundian growers, and is a cross of a Pinot Noir clone and the bulk wine/table grape known as Gouais.
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Fruitful Frontenac

Frontenac is one of the most widely planted of the Minnesota hybrids in the Hudson Valley, successfully bred by grape breeding pioneer Elmer Swenson (1913-2004).
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