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http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/

It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.

For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.

Sincerely
Mark E Sievert

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On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/

It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.

For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.

Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back
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On Sep 10, 9:46*am, Mark E Sievert wrote:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/

It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.

For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


I have had only very limited experience with Missouri wines, but I do
hear that some are now quite decent, and the price of some of the
better ones can be in the US$ 20 range - a far cry in both quality and
price from what I remember of Missouri and Arkansas wines several
decades ago. In addition to grape wines, several other fruits have
long been made into wine in the region.

A few years ago Missouri laws were changed to allow making of fruit
spirits by wine producers. The only ones of these "eau de vies" I have
tasted came from Montelle, and I know nothing about the wines they
also make. Their Cherry, Golden Delicious, Peach and Grappa brandy
(eau de vie) is sold in 375 ml bottles for close to US$ 20, and it
requires about 8 pounds of fruit for each 375 ml. Their peach seems to
be well made and does have considerable peach character, especially
the aroma of ripe peach skins. I have not been able to find a peach
eau de vie from Europe for a direct comparison. Their cherry is good,
but does not have the complexity of the better examples of kirsch from
Alsace, the Black Forest, or Austria.

OT: I likely will be able to drink wine again before long. I no longer
have to take the strong medication for pain that is not safe to
combine with alcohol. The only thing I take now is a hormone that must
by sniffed by nose once a day. It is supposed to help increase bone
density. It does not seem to interfere with smelling, In November I
will have a bone density scan, and I might be able to stop taking the
hormone if the bone density is high enough.
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On Sep 10, 12:52*pm, DaleW wrote:
On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/


It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.


For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back


Dale:

Norton=Cynthiana

I have no experience with Missouri wines (well, Stone Hill once, maybe
ten years ago), but Norton/Cynthiana is alive and well in Virginia.
The owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has literally bet the farm on it;
most of her acreage is planted to this varietal, which is ideally
suited because this is where Norton originated.

As a sideline, she makes arguably the best viognier in North America,
and has some fabulous chardonnay, touriga nacional and cabernet franc.
But Norton is the main event, and I worry about the saleability
factor. However, nobody does it better.

Norton is one of the most difficult varietals in the world. It's a
native grape of North America, but it's not of the labrusca series;
it's its own species. There's none of the foxy aroma associated with
labrusca, but it's very weird.

It colors well, producing dense black wines like petite sirah. The
juice is red, which is unusual for most grapes. It has the most
unusual tannin structure I have ever encountered, just tangy, bizarre
and very "rustic". A Frenchman would turn up his nose at this. The
game will be to find appropriate vinification techniques to tame this
grape, and Chrysalis seems to be on the right track.

Nevertheless, a well-aged Norton exhibits some characteristics of
Bordeaux. It requires years of ageing, which is also a bummer for
wineries which make it, but the glories of well-made, older Nortons
can produce a unique tasting experience.

If you find some at your local merchant's, give it a try. Norton is
perfect with venison.

--Bob

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On Sep 11, 10:07*am, Bobchai wrote:
On Sep 10, 12:52*pm, DaleW wrote:





On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:


http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/


It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.


For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back


Dale:

*Norton=Cynthiana

I have no experience with Missouri wines (well, Stone Hill once, maybe
ten years ago), but Norton/Cynthiana is alive and well in Virginia.
The owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has literally bet the farm on it;
most of her acreage is planted to this varietal, which is ideally
suited because this is where Norton originated.

As a sideline, she makes arguably the best viognier in North America,
and has some fabulous chardonnay, touriga nacional and cabernet franc.
But Norton is the main event, and I worry about the saleability
factor. However, nobody does it better.

Norton is one of the most difficult varietals in the world. *It's a
native grape of North America, but it's not of the labrusca series;
it's its own species. *There's none of the foxy aroma associated with
labrusca, but it's very weird.

It colors well, producing dense black wines like petite sirah. *The
juice is red, which is unusual for most grapes. *It has the most
unusual tannin structure I have ever encountered, just tangy, bizarre
and very "rustic". A Frenchman would turn up his nose at this. The
game will be to find appropriate vinification techniques to tame this
grape, and Chrysalis seems to be on the right track.

Nevertheless, a well-aged Norton exhibits some characteristics of
Bordeaux. *It requires years of ageing, which is also a bummer for
wineries which make it, but the glories of well-made, older Nortons
can produce a unique tasting experience.

If you find some at your local merchant's, give it a try. Norton is
perfect with venison.

--Bob- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


I agree with the venison. Lamb is also one of my favorite Norton/
Cynthiana pairings. On a side note, I've taken lately to cynthiana
entirely because 'Norton' keeps reminding me of the 'Honeymooners'.

Also, since this has been a tight year for me, I've been drinking a
lot of Missouri chambourcin. St. James Winery's 2005 Chambourcin has
a heavy tannic structure with cocoa and tobacco in the nose. Great
for backyard BBQs and heavy drinking friends. Alcohol content about
%14. ;-)

Best regards,
Mark Sievert


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On Sep 11, 5:33*pm, Mark E Sievert wrote:
On Sep 11, 10:07*am, Bobchai wrote:





On Sep 10, 12:52*pm, DaleW wrote:


On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:


http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/


It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.


For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back


Dale:


*Norton=Cynthiana


I have no experience with Missouri wines (well, Stone Hill once, maybe
ten years ago), but Norton/Cynthiana is alive and well in Virginia.
The owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has literally bet the farm on it;
most of her acreage is planted to this varietal, which is ideally
suited because this is where Norton originated.


As a sideline, she makes arguably the best viognier in North America,
and has some fabulous chardonnay, touriga nacional and cabernet franc.
But Norton is the main event, and I worry about the saleability
factor. However, nobody does it better.


Norton is one of the most difficult varietals in the world. *It's a
native grape of North America, but it's not of the labrusca series;
it's its own species. *There's none of the foxy aroma associated with
labrusca, but it's very weird.


It colors well, producing dense black wines like petite sirah. *The
juice is red, which is unusual for most grapes. *It has the most
unusual tannin structure I have ever encountered, just tangy, bizarre
and very "rustic". A Frenchman would turn up his nose at this. The
game will be to find appropriate vinification techniques to tame this
grape, and Chrysalis seems to be on the right track.


Nevertheless, a well-aged Norton exhibits some characteristics of
Bordeaux. *It requires years of ageing, which is also a bummer for
wineries which make it, but the glories of well-made, older Nortons
can produce a unique tasting experience.


If you find some at your local merchant's, give it a try. Norton is
perfect with venison.


--Bob- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


I agree with the venison. *Lamb is also one of my favorite Norton/
Cynthiana pairings. *On a side note, I've taken lately to cynthiana
entirely because 'Norton' keeps reminding me of the 'Honeymooners'.

Also, since this has been a tight year for me, I've been drinking a
lot of Missouri chambourcin. *St. James Winery's 2005 Chambourcin has
a heavy tannic structure with cocoa and tobacco in the nose. *Great
for backyard BBQs and heavy drinking friends. *Alcohol content about
%14. *;-)

Best regards,
Mark Sievert


Hi, Mark--

The 'Honeymooners', LOL! Most of my contact about chambourcin comes
from Pennsylvania and Maryland, where it was probably introduced by
Philip Wagner 40 years ago. Chambourcin doesn't ripen all that well in
that climate, but it makes a decent wine. In Missouri, I suspect it's
better. Your statement about alcohol content reveals that it gets much
riper in Missouri. Chambourcin can make a very interesting wine.

Now I have to stop and go back to lecturing for a minute, and please
forgive me for being so pedantic, but this is important.

Chambourcin is one of the so-called "French hybrids", some of which
are illegal in France now.

It begins with phylloxera, that vine louse which wrecked the French
wine industry in the 1860s and 1870s, and later California in the
1880s. This is a bug which eats vine roots. Native American vines
are resistant, but when this pest entered Europe in the mid-19th
century, it almost brought extinction to the noble grape varieties of
vitis vinifera we know today (and it did bring extinction to lesser
varieties in Europe).

There were three ways of combatting the pest:

1. Converting all of Europe's vineyards to the American species, vitis
labrusca, which was resistant. Fat chance.

2. Grafting European vines onto phylloxera-resistant American
rootstock, which is the accepted method today.

3. Hybridizing European and American varieties to create "producteurs
directs", meaning vines you could plant in the ground without
grafting, as the European system was for thousands of years. Various
French plant hybridizers created some cultivars, crossing vinifera
with labrusca, which are often named for them, such as Seyve-Villard
and Ravat, Maurice Baco and Vidal. They also got very successful with
creating rootstocks. All of our rootstocks today are the result of
their experiments.

Most of what they came up with for wine was garbage. Algeria had
thousands of acres of these mediocre, high producing vines by 1962,
and France eventually outlawed most of them.

But in the early 1930s, post-Prohibition, Phlilip Wagner, an editor of
the Baltimore Sun with a Parisian palate, not knowing at the time that
vinifera could succeed in the East (Dr. Konstantin Frank later proved
him wrong), proposed these "French hybrids" for America.

Most of the bud wood still comes from his plant nursery in Maryland,
Boordy Vineyard.

Wagner introduced about 40 cultivars which proved useful for the east-
of the Missisippi wine industry, and after throwing a bunch of them at
the wall, some of them stuck. Vidal blanc makes terrific ice wine in
Eastern Canada, seyval blanc makes an adequate ersatz sauvignon blanc,
Baco noir, widely planted in New York state in the 1970s, proved
disastrous, like really bad gamay noir, but chambourcin has taken up
the slack with some very interesting iterations. Marechal Foch is
even planted in Oregon, but I don't know why the hell why, it has the
aromas of fish glue.

So the French hybrid legacy is hit-or-miss. I understand why wineries
in continental climates still grow them, but I think there's also a
talent factor in the winemaking which is missing.

--Bob




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On Sep 11, 5:33*pm, Mark E Sievert wrote:
On Sep 11, 10:07*am, Bobchai wrote:





On Sep 10, 12:52*pm, DaleW wrote:


On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:


http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/


It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.


For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back


Dale:


*Norton=Cynthiana


I have no experience with Missouri wines (well, Stone Hill once, maybe
ten years ago), but Norton/Cynthiana is alive and well in Virginia.
The owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has literally bet the farm on it;
most of her acreage is planted to this varietal, which is ideally
suited because this is where Norton originated.


As a sideline, she makes arguably the best viognier in North America,
and has some fabulous chardonnay, touriga nacional and cabernet franc.
But Norton is the main event, and I worry about the saleability
factor. However, nobody does it better.


Norton is one of the most difficult varietals in the world. *It's a
native grape of North America, but it's not of the labrusca series;
it's its own species. *There's none of the foxy aroma associated with
labrusca, but it's very weird.


It colors well, producing dense black wines like petite sirah. *The
juice is red, which is unusual for most grapes. *It has the most
unusual tannin structure I have ever encountered, just tangy, bizarre
and very "rustic". A Frenchman would turn up his nose at this. The
game will be to find appropriate vinification techniques to tame this
grape, and Chrysalis seems to be on the right track.


Nevertheless, a well-aged Norton exhibits some characteristics of
Bordeaux. *It requires years of ageing, which is also a bummer for
wineries which make it, but the glories of well-made, older Nortons
can produce a unique tasting experience.


If you find some at your local merchant's, give it a try. Norton is
perfect with venison.


--Bob- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


I agree with the venison. *Lamb is also one of my favorite Norton/
Cynthiana pairings. *On a side note, I've taken lately to cynthiana
entirely because 'Norton' keeps reminding me of the 'Honeymooners'.

Also, since this has been a tight year for me, I've been drinking a
lot of Missouri chambourcin. *St. James Winery's 2005 Chambourcin has
a heavy tannic structure with cocoa and tobacco in the nose. *Great
for backyard BBQs and heavy drinking friends. *Alcohol content about
%14. *;-)

Best regards,
Mark Sievert


Hi, Mark--

The 'Honeymooners', LOL! Most of my contact about chambourcin comes
from Pennsylvania and Maryland, where it was probably introduced by
Philip Wagner 40 years ago. Chambourcin doesn't ripen all that well in
that climate, but it makes a decent wine. In Missouri, I suspect it's
better. Your statement about alcohol content reveals that it gets much
riper in Missouri. Chambourcin can make a very interesting wine.

Now I have to stop and go back to lecturing for a minute, and please
forgive me for being so pedantic, but this is important.

Chambourcin is one of the so-called "French hybrids", some of which
are illegal in France now.

It begins with phylloxera, that vine louse which wrecked the French
wine industry in the 1860s and 1870s, and later California in the
1880s. This is a bug which eats vine roots. Native American vines
are resistant, but when this pest entered Europe in the mid-19th
century, it almost brought extinction to the noble grape varieties of
vitis vinifera we know today (and it did bring extinction to lesser
varieties in Europe).

There were three ways of combatting the pest:

1. Converting all of Europe's vineyards to the American species, vitis
labrusca, which was resistant. Fat chance.

2. Grafting European vines onto phylloxera-resistant American
rootstock, which is the accepted method today.

3. Hybridizing European and American varieties to create "producteurs
directs", meaning vines you could plant in the ground without
grafting, as the European system was for thousands of years. Various
French plant hybridizers created some cultivars, crossing vinifera
with labrusca, which are often named for them, such as Seyve-Villard
and Ravat, Maurice Baco and Vidal. They also got very successful with
creating rootstocks. All of our rootstocks today are the result of
their experiments.

Most of what they came up with for wine was garbage. Algeria had
thousands of acres of these mediocre, high producing vines by 1962,
and France eventually outlawed most of them.

But in the early 1930s, post-Prohibition, Phlilip Wagner, an editor of
the Baltimore Sun with a Parisian palate, not knowing at the time that
vinifera could succeed in the East (Dr. Konstantin Frank later proved
him wrong), proposed these "French hybrids" for America.

Most of the bud wood still comes from his plant nursery in Maryland,
Boordy Vineyard.

Wagner introduced about 40 cultivars which proved useful for the east-
of the Missisippi wine industry, and after throwing a bunch of them at
the wall, some of them stuck. Vidal blanc makes terrific ice wine in
Eastern Canada, seyval blanc makes an adequate ersatz sauvignon blanc,
Baco noir, widely planted in New York state in the 1970s, proved
disastrous, like really bad gamay noir, but chambourcin has taken up
the slack with some very interesting iterations. Marechal Foch is
even planted in Oregon, but I don't know why the hell why, it has the
aromas of fish glue.

So the French hybrid legacy is hit-or-miss. I understand why wineries
in continental climates still grow them, but I think there's also a
talent factor in the winemaking which is missing.

--Bob


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On Sep 11, 11:21*pm, Bobchai wrote:
On Sep 11, 5:33*pm, Mark E Sievert wrote:





On Sep 11, 10:07*am, Bobchai wrote:


On Sep 10, 12:52*pm, DaleW wrote:


On Sep 10, 10:46*am, Mark E Sievert
wrote:


http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...g-back-norton/


It has been a number of years since I've last posted here but the
miracle of DSL in my remote location allowed me to re-visit old
favorites that dial-up couldn't handle.


For those who are blinkingly trying to remember me, I was probably the
group's sole cheerleader for Missouri wine. *Yes, there is still a
vast quantity of labrusca plonk produced here, but the above article
link shows the seriousness of my home state's ability to produce good
wine.


Sincerely
Mark E Sievert


Mark,
welcome back, I do remember you. I don't see many Missouri wines, but
liked a Missouri Norton a few years back


Dale:


*Norton=Cynthiana


I have no experience with Missouri wines (well, Stone Hill once, maybe
ten years ago), but Norton/Cynthiana is alive and well in Virginia.
The owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has literally bet the farm on it;
most of her acreage is planted to this varietal, which is ideally
suited because this is where Norton originated.


As a sideline, she makes arguably the best viognier in North America,
and has some fabulous chardonnay, touriga nacional and cabernet franc..
But Norton is the main event, and I worry about the saleability
factor. However, nobody does it better.


Norton is one of the most difficult varietals in the world. *It's a
native grape of North America, but it's not of the labrusca series;
it's its own species. *There's none of the foxy aroma associated with
labrusca, but it's very weird.


It colors well, producing dense black wines like petite sirah. *The
juice is red, which is unusual for most grapes. *It has the most
unusual tannin structure I have ever encountered, just tangy, bizarre
and very "rustic". A Frenchman would turn up his nose at this. The
game will be to find appropriate vinification techniques to tame this
grape, and Chrysalis seems to be on the right track.


Nevertheless, a well-aged Norton exhibits some characteristics of
Bordeaux. *It requires years of ageing, which is also a bummer for
wineries which make it, but the glories of well-made, older Nortons
can produce a unique tasting experience.


If you find some at your local merchant's, give it a try. Norton is
perfect with venison.


--Bob- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


I agree with the venison. *Lamb is also one of my favorite Norton/
Cynthiana pairings. *On a side note, I've taken lately to cynthiana
entirely because 'Norton' keeps reminding me of the 'Honeymooners'.


Also, since this has been a tight year for me, I've been drinking a
lot of Missouri chambourcin. *St. James Winery's 2005 Chambourcin has
a heavy tannic structure with cocoa and tobacco in the nose. *Great
for backyard BBQs and heavy drinking friends. *Alcohol content about
%14. *;-)


Best regards,
Mark Sievert


Hi, Mark--

The 'Honeymooners', LOL! * Most of my contact about chambourcin comes
from Pennsylvania and Maryland, where it was probably introduced by
Philip Wagner 40 years ago. Chambourcin doesn't ripen all that well in
that climate, but it makes a decent wine. In Missouri, I suspect it's
better. Your statement about alcohol content reveals that it gets much
riper in Missouri. Chambourcin can make a very interesting wine.

Now I have to stop and go back to lecturing for a minute, and please
forgive me for being so pedantic, but this is important.

Chambourcin is one of the so-called "French hybrids", some of which
are illegal in France now.

It begins with phylloxera, that vine louse which wrecked the French
wine industry in the 1860s and 1870s, and later California in the
1880s. *This is a bug which eats vine roots. *Native American vines
are resistant, but when this pest entered Europe in the mid-19th
century, it almost brought extinction to the noble grape varieties of
vitis vinifera we know today (and it did bring extinction to lesser
varieties in Europe).

There were three ways of combatting the pest:

1. Converting all of Europe's vineyards to the American species, vitis
labrusca, which was resistant. *Fat chance.

2. Grafting European vines onto phylloxera-resistant American
rootstock, which is the accepted method today.

3. Hybridizing European and American varieties to create "producteurs
directs", meaning vines you could plant in the ground without
grafting, as the European system was for thousands of years. * Various
French plant hybridizers created *some cultivars, crossing vinifera
with labrusca, which are often named for them, such as Seyve-Villard
and Ravat, Maurice Baco and Vidal. *They also got very successful with
creating rootstocks. All of our rootstocks today are the result of
their experiments.

Most of what they came up with for wine was garbage. Algeria had
thousands of acres of these mediocre, high producing vines by 1962,
and France eventually outlawed most of them.

But in the early 1930s, post-Prohibition, Phlilip Wagner, an editor of
the Baltimore Sun with a Parisian palate, not knowing at the time that
vinifera could succeed in the East (Dr. Konstantin Frank later proved
him wrong), proposed these "French hybrids" for America.

Most of the bud wood still comes from his plant nursery in Maryland,
Boordy Vineyard.

Wagner introduced about 40 cultivars which proved useful for the east-
of the Missisippi wine industry, and after throwing a bunch of them at
the wall, some of them stuck. *Vidal blanc makes terrific ice wine in
Eastern Canada, seyval blanc makes an adequate ersatz sauvignon blanc,
Baco noir, widely planted in New York state in the 1970s, proved
disastrous, like really bad gamay noir, but chambourcin has taken up
the slack with some very interesting iterations. *Marechal Foch is
even planted in Oregon, but I don't know why the hell why, it has the
aromas of fish glue.

So the French hybrid legacy is hit-or-miss. I understand why wineries
in continental climates still grow them, but I think there's also a
talent factor in the winemaking which is missing.

--Bob- Hide quoted text -

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Your post is a good read. Thanks.

Chambourcin, from what I've gleaned around here is that it tolerates
very well the extremes of Missouri's widely swinging seasonal climate,
from dry blistering summers to icey wet winters. Me, I'm happy to
have local dry drinkable reds.

MES


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