Author: by J. Stephen Casscles
Foreword: By Kevin Zraly
Preface: By Eric Miller
Release Date: June 2015
Softcover: 272 pages + color insert
Size: 8” x 10”
Published By: Flint Mine Press
New York’s Hudson Valley has long been known as the birthplace of American viticulture, with roots dating to the 1600s. For centuries, the region’s terroir has tested both viticulturalist and wine maker alike, spawning advances in cold-weather breeding, grape growing, and winemaking techniques.
J. Stephen Casscles enthusiastically shares his first-hand knowledge both in the vineyard and in the cellar to appeal to vineyardists and wine drinkers everywhere who enjoy the cold-weather grape varietals that are gaining popularity today.
GRAPES OF THE HUDSON VALLEY is a practical guide for those who have an affinity for hybrid grapes and wines. Casscles enthusiastically shares his first-hand knowledge both in the vineyard and in the cellar to provide insight into the age-old vinifera vs. hybrid debate. His grape descriptions cover the common labrusca and French-American hybrids popular in northern America, as well as some forgotten varieties, and even vinifera, that can be successfully grown east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
The book presents key information on winter hardiness, vigor, fruit productivity, and wine quality, and is a valuable companion for budding vineyardists, seasoned growers, and wine makers who share cool climates and short growing seasons. It will also appeal to wine drinkers everywhere who enjoy cold-weather grape varietals, properly fermented and in their glass.
Stephen Casscles comes from a fruit-growing family rooted in the Hudson Valley since the 1870s. Casscles’s own fruit-growing experience began in the 1970s, when he also produced his first wines. In 1990, he established a four-acre vineyard, Cedar Cliff, in Athens, NY, where he has concentrated on identifying, growing, evaluating, and propagating heirloom grape varieties that were first developed in New York in the mid-nineteenth century. Casscles has been the winemaker at Hudson-Chatham Winery since 2008.
Stephen Casscles has blended his own biography with those of early French grape breeders and their Vitis children. Grapes of the Hudson Valley clearly comes from someone with first-hand experience in the field, in the glass, and in the library with his subjects. — Lucie Morton, Viticulturist, VA
An excellent history of viticulture in the northeast United States, as well as an outstanding guide to most hybrid grape varieties that have succeeded in this sometimes inhospitable environment, Grapes of the Hudson Valley provides excellent reading not just for grape growers, but for eastern American wine lovers in general. — John E. Hudelson, Associate Professor, Global Wine Studies, Central Washington University, WA
A “must-read” for anyone interested in growing grapes in the Hudson Valley or just learning about planting grapes in a difficult environment. — César Baeza, Consulting Enologist, Part-owner Brotherhood Winery, NY
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272 pages + color insert
8” x 10”
Flint Mine Press