Spring is here…I think! The snow has lingered into April, but it looks like the temperatures are slowly on the rise! This time last year was an exciting time here at Chamard Vineyards. We were busy planting 4 acres of Cayuga White grapevines, which I like to refer to in the Northeast as an “eco friendly” varietal. It is a hybrid, mid-season ripening wine grape that is cold hardy with disease resistance. Cayuga has a high survival rate in cold temperatures, requires fewer sprays for disease, ripens in a shorter growing season and produces high yields. It was developed from crosses of the hybrids Schuyler and Seyval Blanc at Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York. Cayuga is a versatile grape lending itself to dry or semi-sweet wines, barrel aged wine, sparkling wine, and even can hang on the vine longer in some regions to produce a nice late harvest wine.
With all this talk of Cayuga white it is only fitting that I introduce to you our Stone Cold White wine that is crafted from Cayuga grapes. It is crisp and refreshing, boasting aromas of citrus and honeysuckle. Cayuga is wonderful as a sipping wine on a warm day. The naturally bright acidity also makes it the perfect accompaniment to rich, sweet or acidic meals.