Diamond Grape

Name of varietal: Diamond

Common synonyms: Moore’s Diamond, White Diamond

Parentage of the grape: Concord, Iona

History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moore’s Diamond”) crossed Concord with Iona grapes in Brighton, NY. The varietal had been associated with table wines that are relatively high in residual sugar, as was the popular style. More recently, plantings have declined as consumers drift toward releases using European varietals. However, vintners continue to produce small amounts of Diamond, with efforts toward more elegant table and sparkling wines with in less sweet styles.  

Characteristics of the grape: full-bodied, slightly oily, very grapey, golden apples

Regions where the grape is currently important: New York, Pennsylvania

Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry white, sparkling

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Hey, I hear that VTs are coming back, with one scheduled for March!  Not to steal the thunder, so I won't leak what the region/grape is going to be (regulars, watch your mail boxes if you live in the US), but it's going to be good if my inbox is any indication.I'm opening up the floor to ask the question, "Who do you think will be the host?"  Ma... Read More

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  • Hi all,Thinking about getting down there after NYE, but will have well-behaved nine year old with us.  Are most of the wineries in Kenwood/ Glen ellen child friendly? Read More

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