Is there potential for a winegrape industry in the Gulf Coast Region using interspecific hybrid bunch grapes? Texas is trying to figure that out. Fritz Westover, Viticulture Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service (Texas A&M) has written some nice articles describing two of the most promising varieties — Blanc du Bois and Lenoir (also known as Black Spanish). Blanc du Bois is a white grape and Lenoir is a red grape. Both are tolerant of Pierce’s Disease, the major limiting factor in growing grapes in this region. We have some Blanc du Bois in Stone County. I noticed that this Spring it had some issues with Anthracnose (a fungal disease), but that can be controlled with fungicides (we are observing the vines so we are not spraying them at this time). We have a few other varieties in the ground (some doing better than others) and plan to put some more in — including Blanc du Bois and Lenoir.