Part French, All-American

The coolest underdogs of wine are all-American. Hybrid wines are popping up in every corner of the USA. These are wines made from grape varieties that are a result of cross-breeding hearty indigenous American grapes with the familiar European varieties. As a result of cross-breeding these grapes are extra-resistant to disease and extra-tasty. Expect explosive fruit flavors with a unique floral and rustic aroma. Let Tastings.com introduce you to juicy hybrid wines that will leave you feeling foxy.

Coeur d’est: A New, New Jersey Classic

Coeur d’est: A New, New Jersey Classic

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Coeur d'est is a red wine blend from New Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain. The star of this wine is the hybrid grape Chambourcin which must make up at least 25 percent of the blend. Since Tastings.com is the official certification body for this new designation, we taste through every delicious and earthy Coeur d'Est wine and select only the very best for the market. Enjoy these dry, Bordeaux-style wines with steak or any special dinner. |Plagido's Winery| makes an excellent example.

American Port: Fortify Thy Hybrid

American Port: Fortify Thy Hybrid

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Fortified wines have been produced in the United States since the 16th century Spanish missionaries crafted them for religious services. While the words 'Porto' and 'Oporto' must be reserved for the famous fortified wines of Portugal, the United States has no such protection for the word Port, other than requiring that they be fortified (usually with brandy) and be between 18 and 24% alcohol by volume. This has led to great experimentation and a healthy lawlessness that has paved the way for some very exciting port-style wines to be produced in the United States. Coyote Moon Vineyards' Perpetua is not to be missed and makes exceptional use of the hybrid grape Marquette. The pretty marechal foch-based Port Rose from Cedar Creek Winery is another hybrid home-run.

Missouri: Original American Wines

Missouri: Original American Wines

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Home to the first American Viticultural Area, the state of Missouri is prime territory for wines made from hybrid grapes. In the mid 19th century Missouri was producing more wine than any other state and through hybridization went on to play an integral role in the fight against phylloxera in the late 19th century. Must-trys include Chaumette Vineyards' elegant 2015 Unoaked Chardonel and |Stone Hill's stylish 2014| Norton.

Coeur d’est: A New, New Jersey Classic
American Port: Fortify Thy Hybrid
Missouri: Original American Wines
Part French, All-American
The coolest underdogs of wine are all-American. Hybrid wines are popping up in every corner of the USA. These are wines made from grape varieties that are a result of cross-breeding hearty indigenous American grapes with the familiar European varieties. As a result of cross-breeding these grapes are extra-resistant to disease and extra-tasty. Expect explosive fruit flavors with a unique floral and rustic aroma. Let Tastings.com introduce you to juicy hybrid wines that will leave you feeling foxy.

Coeur d’est: A New, New Jersey Classic

Coeur d’est: A New, New Jersey Classic
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Coeur d'est is a red wine blend from New Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain. The star of this wine is the hybrid grape Chambourcin which must make up at least 25 percent of the blend. Since Tastings.com is the official certification body for this new designation, we taste through every delicious and earthy Coeur d'Est wine and select only the very best for the market. Enjoy these dry, Bordeaux-style wines with steak or any special dinner. |Plagido's Winery| makes an excellent example.

American Port: Fortify Thy Hybrid

American Port: Fortify Thy Hybrid
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Fortified wines have been produced in the United States since the 16th century Spanish missionaries crafted them for religious services. While the words 'Porto' and 'Oporto' must be reserved for the famous fortified wines of Portugal, the United States has no such protection for the word Port, other than requiring that they be fortified (usually with brandy) and be between 18 and 24% alcohol by volume. This has led to great experimentation and a healthy lawlessness that has paved the way for some very exciting port-style wines to be produced in the United States. Coyote Moon Vineyards' Perpetua is not to be missed and makes exceptional use of the hybrid grape Marquette. The pretty marechal foch-based Port Rose from Cedar Creek Winery is another hybrid home-run.

Missouri: Original American Wines

Missouri: Original American Wines
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Home to the first American Viticultural Area, the state of Missouri is prime territory for wines made from hybrid grapes. In the mid 19th century Missouri was producing more wine than any other state and through hybridization went on to play an integral role in the fight against phylloxera in the late 19th century. Must-trys include Chaumette Vineyards' elegant 2015 Unoaked Chardonel and |Stone Hill's stylish 2014| Norton.