Edelweiss

Created by Elmer Swenson, this white grape is derived from an Ontario x MN 78 cross. Edelwiess is disease resistant and very winter-hardy, reportedly to -30 F (approx. -34 C). Along with other Swensen varieties, it is an important varietal in the northern United States. The vine produces large, loose clusters , with pale gold berries. The grapes of the vine are often used to make sweet white wines or occasionally left on the vine long enough to produce icewines. Edelweiss is very disease resistant.

You are part of a band of Native and French-Americans that could easily be called the ‘Polar Bear Gang’. Born in Minnesota, you’ve been bred to be tough and hardy. Your parents were imprisoned in labs for so long that they go by their identification numbers rather than names. People of the northern states are glad that you now control the flow of wine. In the frigid northern winters, weak-limbed vines all too often fail to deliver. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Thanks all! This will have to be a quick report - I have just returned out from ... to tell my other half about Edelweiss. Maybe I shouldn't. I will have to take him there another time. Unfortunately I didn't clearly see your post about them until now - my phone died on this trip so I had limited connectivity....windows of opportunity to see me... Read More

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  • Not going to be able to help you with wineries, Jennifer, but here are a couple ... was a sausage place called Edelweiss (like the flower song from Sound of Music).  They make their own sausages and bolognas--as I recall well over 100.  They don't do just German sausages.  They showed the preparation of a Salami that looked awesome.  I'm guessi... Read More

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  • Hi! I've been quite busy with travel for work so I've been off the radar a bit. I unexpectedly had a few days free so I took a last minute trip to Portland for a few days - I'm there now. Tomorrow we were planning on driving out of town to do some wine tasting, etc....probably McMinnville. I was too busy and tired to really make any plans for th... Read More

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  • In recent years there has been a proliferation of wineries in the upper ... to ... ... to most of us, such as Edelweiss, Frontenac and Marechal Foch. Apparently these are grapes that are hybrids. The wineries seem to be doing really well, but when the subject of hyrbid wines comes up, a lot of wine lovers are dismissive. Then I hear the winer... Read More

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  • James Arthur Edelweiss 2004

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