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Hudson Cattell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451980

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451980.001.0001

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Dr. Konstantin Frank and the Pro-Vinifera Crusade

Dr. Konstantin Frank and the Pro-Vinifera Crusade

(p.44) Chapter Three Dr. Konstantin Frank and the Pro-Vinifera Crusade
Wines of Eastern North America

Hudson Cattell

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Dr. Konstantin Damien Frank, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the modern eastern wine industry. Frank pioneered the growing of vinifera in New York and crusaded tirelessly to get others throughout the East to plant them as well. His passionate advocacy of the vinifera and his criticisms against the French hybrids won him strong supporters as well as opponents who thought he went too far. The chapter also recounts the toxic scare that spread in the East in the mid-1960s. French sources were quoted as saying that drinking hybrid wines brought about stomach upsets and other physiological symptoms.

Keywords:   Konstantin Frank, eastern wine industry, vinifera, French hybrids, hybrid wines

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