Brianna is a sweet and semi dry varietal prepared from Nebraska white wine grapes. It has a full flavor and can stand alone. It is also considered to be a single varietal wine which is renowned for its sweet taste. The flavor of this white wine consists of single notes of both apricot and pineapple which impart it with its signature sweetness. The wine is also well known for its unmistakable fruit like flavor.
Origin of Brianna Wine
Brianna is a inter-specific hybrid blend of V. Labrusca and V. Riparia. It was originally bred by Elmer Swenson of Osceola, Wisconsin in 1983. The berry was recognized as a table grape and then as a wine grape in 1989 and 2001 respectively.
Preparation of Brianna Wine
The varietal is prepared from the medium clusters of greenish white grapes which have a semi procumbent growing habit. Thinning of the clusters is not regarded as necessary with the vines being productive on the secondary buds. They are of the best wine making quality when harvested at 3.2 to 3.4 pH.
The wine is semi sweetish in taste and is white in color. It has the pronounced taste of a pineapple when ripened. The lighter table wine varieties have more of a grapefruit like flavor with a slight floral aroma. The vines are best harvested during mid August. The grapes contain a high amount of pectin and require the addition of several enzymes during the wine making process.
Food Pairing Suggestions for Brianna Wines
The varietal is regarded as a perfect wine to be served with grilled fish, shallots and shrimps or a vegetable and fruit salad. It can also be served with a creamy dessert.
Serving Brianna Wine
Brianna is best served cool or in a chilled condition.