Wine Word of the Week: Cross

By Kori ~ August 28th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is cross.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Cross is the result of breeding a new variety by crossing two vine varieties of the same species, usually the European vinifera species. Thus, Muller-Thurgau, for example is a cross.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Cross is the offspring of different subspecies within the same species. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

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