Ed Draves wrote:John's Catawba is not recognisable as the same grape as the "Pink Cat" so many people know, Silver Springs has such great acid and flavor.
I have to say, Ed, that I don't know "Pink Cat" and chances are that I'm better off for it. I as a home winemaker have, over the years, chiseled and defined my personal style of labrusca wine, and that style is crisp, unameliorated, unsweetened, boldly aromatic and very, very expressive of the fruit and nothing but. I agree with you that whoever likes the tacky fizzy/sugary stuff should be able to enjoy it, but let no one ever say that that is the only
way to make labrusca! Word about wines such as John's will likely get out eventually and people will eventually take notice. And as I've mentioned many times in the past (and to little avail, it sometimes seems), dry Catawba, dry Niagara and even dry Concord are very comparable to a dry Muscat in that both are highly aromatic but simultaneously crisp and clean.