PDM, (and Steven - thanks for the link
); I recently described a "grape experience" to a friend and thought I'd pass it along. Here in Yamhill County, "The heart of Wine Country" - I'm triangulated between neighboring Vineyards / Wineries. When their (supposed) "bird scaring" propane cannons start up every fall - it's war!
Having complained to the worst offender, he sent me home with two 5 gallon buckets of fresh picked Chardonnay
& Pinot Gris
grapes. He suggested I make some jelly; instead, I chomped on a bunch - WOW!!!
Of all the "European desert table grapes" I grow - those "wine grapes" were beyond compare!
I let my hanging clusters go to the birds and have wondered ever since if I should plant some wine varieties? Yes, they're loaded
with seeds! But for juicing, jellies, or even fresh eating - dodging seeds seems a small price to pay.
So if you've clicked on my above recommendations
, here's another: consider a "wine grape
," or two. I've recently seen them available at a local nursery (in McMinnville), and I think the mail-order nurseries stock them too. If I do any "replacing" - it'll be with one of the above mentioned varities