Wine names from 1859-60

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Apr 12 19:45:17 UTC 2003

The _Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1859_ (printed in
Washington DC in 1860) has several articles on varieties of wine grapes in
the US and territories.  Unfortunately some of names giver are nonce names,
as the writer admitted he could not find a local name so he just used the
name of the area he found the grape.  I will merely list the names; if a
listmember finds one to be of interest I'll be happy to quote the context.

Page 32          Mountain,  Red River,   Washita
Page 34          muscadine, Scuppernong
Page 35          Mustang, Catawba, Pineau, Gamay
Page 36          Chickasaw (plum)
Page 38          muscatel
Page 40          pasas (Mexican raisins)
Page 43          Catawba, Isabella, Scuppernong, Clinton, Bartlett, Petit
Noir, Hardford Prolific, Henshaw, Amber, Concord
Page 44          Sage
Page 45          Traminer
Page 47          Sweet-water, Bull's Concord
Page 48          Dracut
Page 49          Isabella
Page 53          "Adelia, or Petit Noir"
Page 57          Harding's Sweet-water
Page 63          Crystal
Page 81          Diana, Delaware, Isabella, Catawba, Case's Crystal
Page 84          Trollinger, Gutedel, Elbing, Traminer

Barry Popik's earliest citation for "blush wine" is 1984.  Is the following a

"Making schiller wine.---This name signifies a particular color of the wine,
varying from one hue to another, and to be called niether white, yellor, nor
red.  Grapes of all colors are used in making this wine; they are mashed by
putting the mill on the top of the vat, and the husks put in it, and
fermented together with the must.  When they are all mashed, or one vat is
filled, the false or fermienting bottom is set in, to keep the husks under
the must, and the head and other fixtures put on.  The fermenting of schiller
wine ttakes a longer time and is more stormy than white or claret wines;  but
this is stronger, more fiery, and aromatic, than either."  (pp 89-90)

Also of note:  (page 48) "the Sage grape of Concord---a native of the wwoods
of that town.  Cultivated by R. W. Emerson."    The writer Emerson?

        - Jim Landau

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