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Name that grape

big blue grapes

Big on flavor, aroma and size, Cornell’s newest grape lacks one defining feature: a name.

But that soon will change.

In June, grape breeder Bruce Reisch ’76 asked the public for help giving a name to a seedless, flavorful berry with the attractive blue coloring of a Concord at nearly double the size. (Read more about the grape in CALS News.) By the time the contest ended July 31, grape enthusiasts across the country had submitted more than 1,500 name suggestions for the new grape.  

Reisch and his collaborators at Double A Vineyards are now deciding on their favorite submissions. They are narrowing the choices to a select few and will present the options to the public for a final vote in September.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an idea. Please check back for the final vote as we give an official name to the 59th variety we have bred at Cornell CALS.

Contest closed.

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