This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Bunches, large, conical, loose, and shouldered. Berries, on long slender stalks, medium sized, roundish oval. Skin, tough and membranous, of a fine amber colour when ripe. Flesh, tender, juicy, and vinous.
An excellent white grape, which ripens in an ordinary vinery. The leaves die yellow.
Rheingauer. See White Rissling. Richmond Villa. See Black Hamburgh. Riessling. See White Rissling. Rosslinger. See White Bissling. Rossea. See Barbarossa. Rother Maltheser. See Black Hamburgh. Rother Muskateller. See Red Frontignan.
Bunches, medium sized, ovate, shouldered, and compact. Berries, medium sized, round oval or oval. Skin, quite black, covered with a fine thick bloom. Berry-stalks, stout and waited. Flesh, firm, juicy, and with a fine sprightly Black Hamburgh flavour.
It was raised by Mr. Standsh, of Ascot, Berkshire, from Bowood Muscat crossed by Trovéren, and is remarkable as being the black offspring of two white parents, both having a Muscat flavour, and that it should be black without any Muscat character.
Bunches, long, loose, and shouldered; sometimes compact and cylindrical. Berries, large, round, and, in the compact bunches, inclining to oval. Skin, thin and transparent, greenish yellow, becoming pale amber when quite ripe, and sometimes marked with tracings and dots of russet; covered with thin white bloom. Flesh, tender and juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
This excellent and well-known grape ripens well in a cool vinery, and against walls in the open air. The many names it has received have arisen from the various forms it frequently assumes, and which are occasioned entirely by the nature of the soil and the different modes of treatment to which it is subjected. There is no real difference between this, the Common Chasselas, and Chasselas de Fontainbleau. The White Muscadine of some authors is the Early Chasselas.
Bunches, large; sometimes long and tapering, and sometimes short ovate. Berries, large and roundish ovate. Skin, white, and somewhat transparent, showing the texture of the flesh through it, remarkably thin, and adhering closely to the flesh. Flesh, firm and crackling, with an agreeable Sweetwater flavour, and with sometimes the faintest trace of Muscat, as Lady Downe's occasionally has.