Dave Moritz wrote:Paul:
For what it's worth, a producer in the Lake Wisconsin Vitcutural Area (located in southern Wisconsin) does very well with marechal foch. Wollersheim Winery has used it in two of their domaine wines since the early 1980s; given its success, I can say with certainty that they have no plans of discontinuing it! They also make a killer Port from foch! To my tastes, this is their best wine!
PS: I've no financial interest in the winery. It's a source of local pride.
Dave, it's worth a lot. Many thanks for chiming in with that info.
I refuse to partake in the cynical view that simply will not see the good in these climatically suitable grapes that remain healthy and productive in our decidedly non-Mediterranean climates and reliably produce grapes that can be made into truly regional wines by winemakers who care about putting out a truly local product.
I've always believed in "different grapes for different climates," and it so happens that for much of continental North America, there are grapes that feel every bit at home as vinifera does around the Mediterranean. I believe with absolute conviction that such grapes should be nurtured and treated with respect.