Monday, May 6, 2013

The United Grapes of America - Iowa - Tassel Ridge Winery Brianna

The United Grapes of America
StarChefs.com: The United Grapes of America
Tassel Ridge Winery in a previous WineAmerica Congressional Tasting and I was impressed with their Iowa Brianna ($15). It was sweet and clean - obviously well made - with stone and tropical fruit characters. The wine is one of their best sellers and is recommended with spicy foods. The cold climate white grape was created by pioneering grape breeder Elmer Swenson in 1983 at his farm near Osceola, Wisconsin. It is technically an interspecific hybrid (V. labrusca and V. riparia) that "yields medium to large size berries, thick-skinned and greenish-gold". Cheers.
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