Your Chance to Have a Hand in History

Help name Cornell’s newest grapes!

 It’s hard to come up with new winegrape names- they have to be unique, distinctive, and descriptive, look good on a wine bottle, and meet a variety of complicated legal specifications that you don’t even want to think about.

Even more important, you have to like them- because we hope we’ll be seeing the name of these grapes on wine bottles in the near future!

So the Cornell Grape Breeding Program is challenging YOU- the wine industry of NY- to help us come up with names for two new wine grapes.

If you’d like to try your hand at naming grapes, take a look at the variety descriptions for NY 76.0844.24 and NY 95.0301.01 below.  Be as creative as you like, keeping in mind that names have to be unique- no reruns- and should be designed to sell varietal wine.  Send as many creative names as you can think of to Bruce Reisch at bruce.reisch@cornell.edu by July 27, 2012, and we’ll put them on the list.  We’ll do the all the legal footwork to check for trademark violations and such, compile a shortlist of possibilities, and have a name for you soon!

If your name is chosen, you’ll be acknowledged at the variety introduction and in publicity related to the event.  (Sorry, no cash award- but just think of the lasting glory and fame!)

Thanks for your help, and we look forward to seeing your creative names!

Bruce Reisch & Anna Katharine Mansfield

Meet the Grapes:

NY76.0844.24, a white wine selection, ranks very high for winter hardiness and productivity. The estimated temperature of 50% primary bud kill in mid-winter is –17 F, and cold damage to trunks is rare. Wine quality is excellent, showing aromatic characters that panelists compare to Gewürztraminer or a citrusy Muscat.

NY95.0301.01 is a red wine selection, and will be the first introduction to originate from the “no-spray” portion of the Geneva breeding program.  It’s highly resistant to both downy and powdery mildews, making it a good choice for sustainable or organic growers. The wine is dark red with little or no hybrid character, and exhibits moderate body, good structure, and blueberry on the palate.