This talk was recorded by Heritage Radio Network as a part of RAW Wine NYC 2019's Speakers' Corner - with Lewis Dickson (La Cruz de Comal), Deirdre Heekin (La Garagista Farm & Winery) & Ryan Stirm (Stirm Wine Company) in conversation with Alice Feiring (The Feiring Line)

Hybrid grapes are on the verge of shedding their vile reputation. We’re not just talking acceptance, we’re talking praise, praise for their ease of farming, flavor and potential vineyard savior status in the age of climate change. In part this new dawning for these grapes is a direct response to work done with them in the world of natural wine.

However, we use the word hybrid, but do we really know what they are? Are they franken clones as so many believe them to be? Naturally occurring or well, something else? Will your beloved Burgundy pinot noir one day be planted to Black Spanish? Will the new Trousseau be Marquette? Come and geek out about this, learn the truth and taste some beautiful examples that, we bet, will stun you.

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