This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
At a recent meeting of the French Acclimatization Society there was an interesting discussion on the value and prospects of the American varieties of Grapes which have been largely planted in some of the districts where the ravages of the Phylloxera have been greatest. In the Herault alone some fifteen million American Vines have been planted, and great hopes of success are entertained. The variety called the Clinton has been extensively planted, and,- whilst some members stated their experience with it as a shy bearer, it was stated that as many as 180 bunches had been gathered from one cane. The wine produced by it is said to be highly colored, and without the unpleasant flavor commonly attributed to it, and almost as rich in alcohol as Roussillon. The unanimous opinion was that the American varieties suffer less from the Phylloxera than the French ones, and, if not so valuable for their fruit, they are at least of great use as stocks.