Wine Word of the Week: Hybrid

By Kori ~ September 4th, 2010.

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

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’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 ‘interspecific cross’ to the word hybrid, which has pejorative connotations within Europe.

Layman’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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