CARPE TRAVEL WINE 101:
GET TO KNOW THE GRAPES
GETTING TO KNOW
PETITE PEARL WINE
Petite Pearl is a French-American hybrid that produces rich and complex red wines. Its deep garnet color brings a flavor profile that has hints of spice and cassis. The balance of soft tannins, acidity and alcohol delivers a long finish with every sip.
Developed by the renowned Minnesota viticulturalist, Tom Plocher, in 1996. It was released to the public in 2010 and has quickly gained a reputation for pushing the envelope for cold climate winemaking potential. It has the ability to withstand temperatures down to -32°F.
WHERE TO FIND THE PETITE PEARL GRAPE
This cold-hardy grape is found in Canada and the Midwest regions of the United States – Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio – as well as in the northern portion of the country – New York and Vermont.
PETITE PEARL Food Pairings
With aromas of peppermint and green tea and flavors of mint and a big silky texture, Petite Pearl pairs well with rack of lamb and mint jelly or smoked duck.
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.
PETITE PEARL WINE RECOMMENDATIONS
Looking for recommendations on Petite Pearl 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.