These are Fredonia grapes, one of two other species kept with the Catawbas in Pineapple Hill’s wee vineyard. They have a “grape-ier” flavor than the Catawbas.
A hybrid Euro-wild varital, Catawbas have a hint of what I call vanilla, others call “musky”.
My grape growing hasn’t gone too well—no surprise given that I once killed a twenty-seven-year-old Bonsai plant in just a few weeks.
My winemaking is pretty shaky too. Friends call me the “new Paul Newman of salad dressing.”
Having lived mostly in cities, I like telling people I live on a farm now.
When they ask what I’m growing, I say “Patience.”