By Kori ~ September 4th, 2010.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is hybrid.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Hybrid, in common viticultural terms, is the offspring of two varieties of different species, as distinct from a cross between two varieties of the same species. European Union authorities prefer the somewhat cumbersome term â€˜interspecific crossâ€™ to the word hybrid, which has pejorative connotations within Europe.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Hybrid is the offspring between two different species, for example, a hybrid of Vitis vinifera and Vitis labrusca such as Herbemont and Othello. Other, more familiar hybrids include Marechal Foch, Chambourcin, Frontenac, and Vidal.
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