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December 13, 2006

One more step towards the "New Eastern Viticulture"

I've mentioned Clifford Ambers before in connection with his research on the origins of Norton, but I thought I'd mention some of his other efforts, as he's just put out a ton of new data. In addition to his historical research, he's also a grape breeder, working towards what he calls the "New Eastern Viticulture", utilizing selections of the local wild grapes and old cultivars to create cultivars that are actually adapted to the humid weather and temperature extremes of eastern North America. It's an exciting idea, and one I've been keeping tabs on for a couple of years now.

He's got a bunch of information up on his website, including lists of crosses (lots of them this year!), and now his "virtual vineyard" with vineyard data and descriptions with photos of nearly everything in the vineyard! Even if you're not interested in what he's working on (though I can't imagine why you wouldn't be), it's a nice source of data and photos of some not especially common cultivars.

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