Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 


Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Wine Tasting and Talk of Boston Developed Heirloom Grape Varieties 

Join us for an afternoon of wine and knowledge as we explore heirloom grapes and the wines they create.

The life, grapes, and wines of E. S. Rogers of Salem, MA (1826-1899) will be featured at this late-afternoon talk by J. Stephen Casscles. Stephen is a Hudson Valley winemaker at the Hudson-Chatham Winery who grows many of the heirloom grape varieties that were developed by Edward S. Rogers in 1851. During our time we will talk about Rogers' efforts to breed superior grapes in Salem, MA., his resultant grape varieties, how they grow in the field, and the kinds of wines that they make. Rogers named grape varieties include:  'Salem', 'Agawam', Merrimac', 'Massasoit', and 'Wilder' .

Attendees will have a unique opportunity to taste very rare wines made from these Rogers' grapes and compare their qualities to today’s wines. Mr. Casscles will also have his book "Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions" available to purchase. This book not only outlines heirloom grapes, it discusses how to grow grapes and how to make them into wine.  


$75/general admission