Hi Jill. I have made Frontenac Gris wine for several years now. The yeast that I have found best is Lalvin 71b. When I ferment it, I try to put it through a cool fermentation to slow things down and hopefully get a better bouquet and fruit notes. I've got a silver medal from the International Winemaking Magazine Wine Competition for my 2021 Gris, so you won't go wrong with the 71b. Let me know if you have any other question regarding Minnesota hybrid varietals. I grow Frontenac Blanc, Itasca, Marquette and Somerset Red in a small vineyard. I hope this helps.
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Looking for something other than the typical answer for yeast. What do you like for Frontenac Gris? I habe a few 5 gallon hot packs from Walkers juice to experiment with. Next year I will have 400 vines each of FG, Itasca and Marquette. I haven't connected with a mentor yet, but open to it. I am in Le Sueur County.
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