This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I find that the Champion is three to five days the earliest of any variety yet tested, little rot, very vigorous and productive, black, poor quality, about like Hartford, but sells, bringing from fifteen to ! twenty-five cents per pound, wholesale. Moore's Early, three to five days after Champion, larger I than Concord with less rot and better shipper, equal in quality, vigor and productiveness, brings same prices with Champion. Lady, an exquisite large white grape, no rot, very tender, slow grower but hardy, ripens with Moore's Early. Prentiss, a medium sized translucent white grape, resembling foreign sorts in texture and flavor. Rots some, and vine not the healthiest, but a fair grower, ripens nearly with Lady. Perkins, a pink grape, of great vigor, productiveness and good quality, though having a musky flavor like Concord, no rot, hangs to bunch well and a fine shipper, bringing same price in most markets with Delaware. Telegraph, black, good, ripens with Perkins, just ahead of Hartford, and much prefered to it, some rot.
Early Victor, small to medium, fine quality, pulpy but not foxy, vigorous and productive, some rot, though claimed to be earlier than Champion; ripened with me on about a dozen different vines about same time with Perkins. Eumelan, excellent large, purple or black, little rot, bunch long but rather straggling, owing to imperfect fertilization. Delaware, does well here, little or no rot, highest quality as all know. Walter, a seedling of Delaware, much the same in quality, but vine more vigorous, bunch and berry larger, valuable. Brighton, vigorous, productive, much larger in bunch and berry than Delaware, and ripens with or just before it, best quality, rots to destruction. Black Eagle, one of the finest of black grapes, but worthless on account of rot. Wilder, (or Rogers No. 4) larger in berry and bunch than Black Eagle, having the same failing. Lindley, (Rogers 9) Agawam, (No. 15) and Salem, (No. 22 or 53) all large early red grapes of high quality, vigorous, but rotting some. Prefer Lindley. Martha, greenish white, or golden when dead ripe, medium in bunch and berry, vigorous, productive, little rot, very sweet.
Ives, 1 place here, although usually marketed with Hartford when it first purples, but is by no means ripe, and ruins the market for about ten days, otherwise a good common kind free from rot, vigorous and productive. Concord, all know it, rots severely some seasons, yet is the most popular grape. Lady Washington, sickly, delicate fruit, not high flavored, rots very badly. Irving, a splendid grape, almost up to Triumph, or the Foreign Chasselas, but rots, as do nearly all foreign kinds tried here. Montgomery, an American chance seedling, supposed to be from foreign seed, but shows hybrid signs, vigorous, productive and so far shows no rot, large bunch of medium berries, golden color, very promising of this class. Duchess, a beautiful golden grape about the size of Delaware, of pure foreign quality, but rots badly, vigorous and productive. Elvira, a hybrid between the Labrusca and Riparia, both American species, greenish white, when dead ripe golden or purplish, very vigorous, productive, and of high quality, little or no rot, but if a rain falls when it is near ripening, it cracks and is ruined, owing to the compactness of bunch. Noah, a seedling of Elvira, free from cracking, having a more open cluster, but is not so good and drops from the bunch when ripe.
Bacchus, an " improved" seedling of Clinton, which I cannot distinguish from the Jacent, except the saccharometer shows more sugar for wine. Triumph, a most remarkable grape in vigor of vine and size of bunch and berry, color golden, quality equals the best Chasselas, rarely ever shows any rot; very prolific. Goethe (Rogers No. 1,) the best of all Rogers kinds, a pink color when ripe, berry largest size, very little rot. Cyn-thiana, undistinguishable in vine and fruit from Norton Virginian, but said to make better wine, never rots, hardy and productive, small black, and makes the very finest of red wine. Post Oak No. 1, found wild in the woods near Denison, berry small to medium, black, compact in bunch, vigorous and productive, like Cynthiana, free from rot and fine for wine. Herbermont, the great southern grape, doing wonderfully in all of the Gulf states and as high up as Central Missouri. Old vines near Griffin, Georgia, have bodies a foot in diameter. Bears immensely, large clusters of the most sprightly, high flavored, pulpless fruit, rots some seasons, but comparatively free from that scourge.
Seedling, produced by myself from Herbermont seed fertilized with Triumph, white or delicate pink when ripe, tough, thick transparent skin, cluster large, berry medium to large, exceedingly sprightly and delicate flavor, no pulp, melting away in the mouth like honey, vine like its parent Herbermont, very vigorous, ripening earlier than either parent a few days. First fruit borne, no signs of rot. Dennison, Texas.