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May 31, 2006

Winemaking in Florida

Florida is not an easy place to grow grapes. It's too wet and too hot for most of the standard cultivars, and the spectre of Pierce's disease is an ever present danger. Even the 'Blanc du Bois' vine next my house, bred for Florida, is constantly being devastated by some pest or malady. One way around all these issues, however, is growing muscadine grapes. Muscadines are natives to the American South and cousins of the old familiar grapes, belonging to the species Vitis rotundifolia, and are set apart from the rest of the grape genus by the fact that they have 40 chromosomes, rather than 38. They're also rather distinct in taste and texture, though quite a few people like them for it.

Anyway, my reason for mentioning them is that I just happened across this blog dedicated to them:

Muscadine Musings

I haven't decided whether it merits a place in the sidebar, but there's a fair bit there (including the entire Wikipedia article on muscadines...ugh.)

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6 Comments:

At 6/05/2006 11:46:00 PM, Blogger Correy said...

The Australian Wine industry has had it tough over the last couple of years. However the reason is the opposite to what you would think. We have an oversupply of grapes which means that the price of wine is being kept very low and thus so are the margins.

Seems like this is the opposite problem to Florida.

However a company is trying to promote "grape concentrate" overseas and in Australia as a great health food with many healthy advantages to try and use up all of these extra grapes. Looks like it is working :)

 
At 7/18/2009 12:58:00 AM, Blogger suman said...

even If it is hard to have grapes they make wine that's great.

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