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Colorado Rising: Behind the World’s First High Desert Hybrid Wine Region

The Mile High State leans into hybrid varieties in response to extreme climate challenges. By Kathleen Willcox  Colorado has been producing locally grown and bottled wine...

Hudson Valley Wine Project Aims to Help Whole US Wine Industry

We’ve all seen the headlines and read the stark reports: climate change, and the unexpected frosts, hailstorms, droughts, floods, and fires that come along...

‘The Best Red Grape I’ve Ever Grown’—East Coast Winemakers’ Success with...

An Italian grape-growing experiment shows potential for quality grape and wine production along the US East Coast. —Robin Shreeves The US’s first commercial wines of the...

The Future of Winemaking Is Hybrid

Why US winemakers are seeking out non-vitis vinifera grapes —Kathleen Willcox There will always be a place for conventionally produced vitis vinifera. But, in truth, more...

Q&A J. Stephen Casscles: Growing and Hybridizing Grapes

J. Stephen Casscles was recognized as some of Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018 and on that occasion Steve shared some of his experience with growing hybrid grapes, rediscovering old grapes varieties and creating new ones.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grape Historian and Hybridizers

J. Stephen Casscles, better known by friends as Steve Casscles, is an accomplished lawyer and winemaker. He graduated Marlboro Central High School, attended the State University of New York, Albany, and got his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Ever the individualist, as a young man, rather than visit Europe, he traveled India and Nepal. He has been counsel to various New York state senators for more than 20 years. While his specialty is insurance and healthcare practices, he has also written or contributed to many of the liquor laws in New York state.

Eastern Winemakers See Potential for Premium Terroir Driven Hybrid Wines

On the west coast, hybrid grapes may hardly make a din in winemaking conversations, being chiefly used in the production of table wines and eating grapes. However, on the east coast where winemaking is an entirely different reality, hybrid grapes represent much more to many of its winemakers up and down the country’s eastern reaches.
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