[NAFEX] Grapes questions

kim maser kimk_maser at yahoo.ca
Wed Sep 20 12:34:49 EDT 2006

Lakemont, Vanessa, Reliance,  Venus, Mars, Interlaken,
  Einset,- lots of different varieties you can try- lots of wonderful flavors as well.
  Not sure how Thompson Seedless will do there. Lon would know a little more.
  I had all thoe varieties I mentioned when I was in the Okanagan -most of them
  made wonderful raisins. Himrod was my favorite. There are a lot of different wine grapes you can try as well. Cheers Kim Zone 3  Canada

Lisa Almarode <lisaalmarode at yahoo.com> wrote:
  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

My questions:

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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