CARPE TRAVEL WINE 101:
GET TO KNOW THE GRAPES
GETTING TO KNOW
La Crescent WINE
La Crescent is a light-skinned French-American hybrid that produces semi-sweet and off-dry wines that are balanced with some retained acidity. This aromatic white wine exhibits flavors of burnt sugar, caramel and green apple cider.
First introduced in 2002, by the University of Minnesota, la crescent has a diverse ancestry. This complex hybrid of Vitis vinifera, Vitis riparia, Vitis labrusca creates a cold hardy cultivar but one that is also very disease resistant and can produce quality wines.
WHERE TO FIND THE LA CRESCENT GRAPE
This cold-hardy grape is found in the northern United States – New York, Vermont, Minnesota and Michigan – and into Quebec, Canada.
LA CRESCENT Food Pairings
With aromas of caramel and burnt sugar, La Crescent pairs wonderfully with gnocchi with squash and Parmesan cheese pairs wonderfully with the crisp, clean texture of this wine.
What are french-American hybrids?
French-American Hybrids are the crossing of the European Vitis vinifera species with one or more Native American Vitis species. Early on, many of these grapes were grafted – aka spliced together – in France. The goal was to combine the superior traits of both vines to produce grapes with excellent wine quality that have a higher resistance to diseases and pests.
Research began on grafting Vitis vinifera species to American rootstock in the 1860’s to combat the phylloxera epidemic that nearly decimated wine regions around the world. Research continues today at the University of Minnesota and Cornell University in New York due to the rise in climate change. More on French American hybrids.
LA CRESCENT WINE RECOMMENDATIONS
Looking for recommendations on La Crescent wines? Here are a few we suggest.
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Elaine N. Schoch
Elaine Schoch (pronounced the German way – Shock) is the editor and founder of Carpe Travel as well as an award-winning travel writer, wine judge, certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 and certified American Wine Expert. She is married to The Husband and has two kids, Princess One and Two – who’s interest and knowledge in wine is quite extensive. Not to mention the stamps in their passports.