Grapevine: Aromella and Arandell join the party

Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest

Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012) (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Aromella, greet chardonnay.

Arandell, meet merlot.

They're the names given to two new grapes that grew out of a Cornell University competiton in which more than 1,000 nominations were made.

Both grapes could be grown on Long Island.

The winners were introduced today at the Viticulture 2012 conference in Rochester, N.Y.

Among the losing nominees were Stewart White and Colbert Red, named for Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Other submissions included "Big Red," a reference to Cornell's mascot; and Llenroc, or Cornell spelled backwards.

Also: Newyorka, Berry My Heart, Ghost Deer White, Orgarnet, Confitnoir and Zitrustaminer.

Bruce Reisch, professor of horticulture at Cornell, advised, however, that Colbert Red and Stewart White already are linked to vineyards. "Breischling," honoring the professor,  didn't make the cut, either.

There are more than 7,000 grape varieties. Many names are trademarked.

Arandell, a red wine grape with blueberry notes, could yield a wine akin to Beaujolais, according to Reisch. The new name combines the Spanish word for blueberry and the "ell" from Cornell. It was submitted by Michael Fleischhauer, a wine buff and retired computer analyst from Alaska.

Aromella, a fragrant muscat white wine grape, was the name offered by Michael Borboa, a California songwriter and winemaker.

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