Wine & Grapes and People

DonnaJoAnnA drive in the pouring rain a few weeks ago almost found me like a duck of sorts. Who knows what one might get when they show up unannounced in plaid galoshes, (rain boots)? Nonetheless, you all are starting get to know me through my travels and wine questions. I visited Romano Vineyard & Winery in Brandywine Maryland a month ago. This is a very unusual business in deed because it started out as a honey bee farm. My new friend and gracious hostess allowed me and a friend to wipe off our boots and explore a new-found knowledge about a particular hybrid beauty called the Chambourcin, grape.

I had already known I was going to purchase a bottle of Merlot. She asked,” you’re going to buy a bottle of wine before tasting it”? Why, yes, I said. Then we began an open conversation about her home, her family, the wine-making business; questions about her odd wall hangings featured on the walls around her ‘special tasting corner’. I must share with you that I too have just created my very own well, tasting corner. My ears perked up as she invited us outside on the porch (it was too muddy to tour the vineyard grounds). I listened carefully about the infamous Chambourcin grape; “a grape that is nurtured and grown in certain sectors in the State of Maryland”, the owner claimed. “The Chambourcin grape has a long ripening period starting sometime in late February through the mid part of October but grows extremely fast”, she lectured on and I intensified my curiosity. At the bottom of the page is a picture of the large black Chambourcin grapes. I learned the grapes grow and hang loosely but in tight tangled clusters and the vines must be carefully loosened by hand so not to get tangled with other vines growing.

Did you know that grapes are cataloged in The National Grape Registry? This was something new and wildly exciting I learned about winemakers and grape growers that; The National Grape Registry contains information about varieties of wines, grapes, Unites States growers, nurseries, winemakers, and researchers, etc. ngr.ucdavis.edu

I found my wonderful new friend’s very own hybrid grape just as she said, under the synonym of “Joannes Seyve 26.205” in the National Grape Registry (NGR). A note: {Prime and Synonym names; is that it is the name by which the grape is known and/or at the sources offering it to grape growers and other interested parties”}. Pretty neat stuff, huh?

Now you see why, learning about wine has been so intriguing and oftentimes a bit complex to me. It’s becoming so much more than tasting; and the admiration of the shades from dark to blush; to wheat-like colored to clear. Who and where as it relate to the bottled wine—aren’t enough anymore. I love meeting people too and gaining the knowledge about the wine. I left for another journey but noticed a handwritten thanks followed by my name on my receipt.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection”. . . . .(taken from the Tumblr.com)

What kind of grape are you?

Chambourcingrape

Cheers,

The Timid Palate

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