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Nordsüss Wine Details
Price: $10.95 per bottle

Description: Nordsüss is German for “Northern Sweet.” We took three northern red Labrusca varieties, Valiant, King of the North, and Bluebell to make this wine. This is a very fruity, foxy, aromatic expression of the quintessential “American labrusca grape taste” that so many of us grew up on. Finished sweet to balance with the crisp acidity. Sure to remind you of your childhood. Recommended drinking this for dessert and chilled.

Varietal Definition
This red wine producing grape, reportedly cold-hardy to -70 F (approx. -52 C), has lived up to its name in some harsh winter conditions. Valiant is grown in South Dakota, Minnesota, and other parts of the continental Midwest. Valiant is also grown in the Canadian prairie provinces, where reportedly it does not require protection from the elements, wintering above ground instead of the usual 'hilling-up' required for most varieties subjected to similar conditions. The vine was developed by Dr. Ron Peterson at South Dakota State University from a Fredonia x Wild Montana (Vitis riparia) cross. It is mostly used in blends, but is also made into jelly, and consumed as a table grape. Ripening about three weeks prior to Concord, it typically produces grapes with low acid levels and high sugars.
Bluebell is a cold-hardy grape created by the University of Minnesota. It produces small, Concord-type berries, which ripen about two to three weeks earlier than that variety. It is said to be cold resistant to -30 F. (approx. -35 C.). It is recommended for quality juice production in cold Midwestern states, as well as for good jelly, and as a table grape. Bluebell resists most diseases.


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