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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.”