36458Re: Cognac Grapes...
- Aug 2, 2009
Well aware that the Sultanas and the Thompson's seedless rasins are one in the same - when the Sultanas are dried, they are indeed called "raisins.
"The sultana grape is cultivated in the United States under the name Thompson Seedless, named after William Thompson, a viticulturist who was an early grower in California and is sometimes credited with the variety's introduction. According to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, the two names are synonymous. Virtually all of California raisin production (approximately 97% in 2000) and roughly one-third of California's total grape area is of this variety, making it the single most widely-planted variety.
But again, Thompson's seedless raisins are widely used in many fruit wine (not grape wines lol) recipes that I have seen.
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Waldo.
--- In email@example.com, "gff_stwrt" <gff_stwrt@...> wrote:
> Hi,Jim and hello folks,
> Just to be sure there is no misunderstanding; the sultana and the Thompson's seedless are exactly the same fruit.
> But it might or might not be more correct to call the Thompson's seedless a RAISIN after it has been dried.
> Anyway they taste great but I was astonished at the size the first time I saw the treated ones for sale as fresh fruit.
> The Baker
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jamesonbeam1" jamesonbeam1@ wrote:
> > Hey Baker,
> > While the Sultanas grapes might not be good for making wine by
> > themselves, I've used Thompson's seeedless raisins in many of my wine
> > recipes, including apple, blackberry and peach. Has something to do
> > with the added nutrients, flavor and sweetness.
> > Jack Keller in his "The Winemaking Home Page" also recommends them in
> > many of his recipes as well.
> > Vino es Veritas,
> > Jim aka Waldo.
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