Thompson Seedless

Thompson Seedless, the California name for the white grape variety Sultana, is unquestionably the most planted grape in the Golden State. Its 267,000 acres in 1997 far surpassed total plantings of Chardonnay, which is California’s second most planted grape. Massive quantities of Thompson Seedless are grown in the hot, dry Central Valley, nearly two-thirds of it in Fresno County, the center of the state’s raisin production. Also popular in Arizona, this variety needs ample heat for harvesting in August and September. Most of the crop is used for table or dried grapes, with some of it used in jug wines made by bulk producers. Named for William Thompson, an early grower of the variety near Yuba City, the grape may have originated in Persia, modern-day Iran.

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  • Am I correct that California and other states require only 75% of the grapes to ... ... that they could put in Thompson seedless if they wanted.Also, I know that the standard for Washington varietal wines is 80%.  Exceeding the U.S. 75% minimum is OK.  Other states may, also, have a higher minimum.  California is 75 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans

  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to discuss.To Greg's point about blending Merlot and sometimes Cabernet in with Chianti blends, I hear that trend had been on the downswing, which is probably a good thing for Chianti proper, though there will be some really good "Super Tuscan's" made from the blending as well.... Read More

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  • Mildew and black rot, your days may be numbered.  Dennis Gray, a ... ... ... is being implemented in Thompson Seedless, Seyval Blanc and Syrah grapes.  “Those are just three of only 35 grape varieties that accounted for 66% of the world grape acreage in 2014,” the article said.  The main advantage to Gray’s method of protecting plants against... Read More

    From the article Supervines? Florida Researcher Using Science to Strengthen Grapes

  • I guess last night was a Zinfandel night.  Sister-in-law is visiting this ... knows, there might be some Thompson seedless in there) take over--big, rustic, balanced acid and not terribly tannic.  I loved it.The other wine in this pic is planned for tonight.  Yes, to honor the special guests from the Pinot Throwdown.&nbs Read More

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  • Bauer Haus Spatlese-Nahe 2009


    3/7/13. Smells like..sweet riesling. Maybe just a glimmer of kerosene. Tastes ... ... albeit sweet. A bit of Thompson seedless. I like it. Inexpensive. $8.99 Would be good with Thai or Vietnamese food. 8 Read More

    Wine review by benjamindehoog

  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2011


    OK, so this wine is about 14 clams in the Great White North (our dollar is ... ... a bunch of freshly picked Thompson Seedless. Very good value and reminds me that I need to visit this region. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet 2010


    Sitting - as I might imagine it - on the Mediterranean with a refreshing glass ... scent is like freshly picked Thompson Seedless grapes with a hint of coarsely ground salt. The flavor is muted, but has fruit enough to refresh - with a little salt and mineral to provide some character. Medium finish due to the mineral effect. Good value and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Which wine should one drink with grapes?I once asked that question and got the following reply......"You cannot drink any wine with grapes, that would be incest." Read More

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  • Mark's statistic post got me thinking about wine trivia. 1) What is the world's most planted white grape variety?2) What is commonly regarded (by wine geeks, of course) as the world's oldest denominated wine region?3) Today there are 55,000 acres of Merlot vineyards in California. How many acres were there 50 years ago? 4) At what ambient temper... Read More

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