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Grapevine: Aromella and Arandell join the party

Aromella, left, and Arandell, right are two new

Aromella, left, and Arandell, right are two new grapes developed by Cornell University. Credit: Handout

Aromella, greet chardonnay.

Arandell, meet merlot.

They're the names given to two new grapes that grew out of a Cornell University competition that elicited more than 1,000 submissions.

Both grapes could be grown on Long Island. The two grapes were studied at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Riverhead.

The winning were introduced today at the Viticulture 2012 conference in Rochester.

Among the losing nominees: Stewart White and Colbert Red, named for Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Other submissions included “Big Red,” a reference to Cornell's mascot; and Llenroc, or Cornell spelled backward.

Also: Newyorka, Berry My Heart, Ghost Deer White, Orgarnet, Confitnoir and Zitrustaminer.

Bruce Reisch, professor of horticulture at Cornell, advised that Colbert Red and Stewart White already are linked to vineyards. “Breischling,” honoring the professor,  didn't make the cut, either.

There are more than 7,000 grape varieties. Many names are trademarked.

Arandell, a red wine grape with blueberry notes, could yield a wine akin to Beaujolais, according to Reisch. The new name combines the Spanish word for blueberry and the “ell” from Cornell. It was submitted by Michael Fleischhauer, a wine buff and retired computer analyst from Alaska.

Aromella, a fragrant, muscat white wine grape, was the name offered by Michael Borboa, a California songwriter and winemaker.

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