[NAFEX] Grapes questions
lisaalmarode at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 19 12:52:41 EDT 2006
We've got the first real harvests from our four different grapevines,
3 planted in 2003, one in 2004. I'm very happy! Of course it might
just be a good grape year...
Seeded Concord - got 20# or more. Brix 16. The brix of juice
extracted with the new steamer juicer was 15 - much better than I
expected from this.
Okanaga reisling - got 10# or thereabouts, not quite enough to make
a gallon of wine. Brix around 20, but after adding about 5-10%
himrod, the must brix was 22.
Canadice - (2004 grape) pink seedless - brix 26-27 (!)
Himrod - white seedless - wild guess yield 15# - brix 22-25
These vines are young, but they are taking up their whole trellis.
How much more production can I expect?
The Canadice and Himrod both make decent raisins, but the canadice
dry faster, perhaps since they are smaller? Are there recommended
raisin varities? Thompson seedless?
Any suggestions for low-care grapes for red wine? I don't really want
to coddle a merlot. Burnt ridge no longer carries the okanagan
riesling, which makes me wonder.
Any other really great grapes?
Lisa in Ashland Oregon
USDA Z7 - Sunset Z7 - 1800' - 19" annual rainfall
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