KSUA and the 2014 Ohio Wine Competition

OWC 2014 tasting flight glasses are labeled and ready to receive the wines in each flight.

OWC 2014 tasting flight glasses are labeled and ready to receive the wines in each flight.

To view the results of the 2014 Ohio Wine Competition, click here: 

2014 OWC Results Booklet

This month, we were fortunate enough to host the 2014 Ohio Wine Competition, sponsored by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. When OGIC first asked us, we were honored and thrilled, and I can honestly say that KSUA staff, faculty, and students worked very hard to ensure that this event went smoothly and was a resounding success. The judges were sure to let us know that their work was made nearly effortless, thanks to the work of the student, staff, and faculty volunteers. (For those who might be concerned about student volunteers who also work for wineries that submitted wines, those students were not permitted in the room where wines were being poured. We had plenty to keep them busy!)

OWC 2014 Best of Show Flight

OWC 2014 Best of Show Flight – yes, it does resemble an ELISA plate, but we assure the reader, those are definitely wines in those glasses.

From a student perspective, our hosting the competition provided several opportunities to our Viticulture and Enology students. It enabled some students to observe the judging process and simply to understand how competitions are run. Our students will also be able to sign up for a wine analysis class this summer – starting this week! – to perform the chemical analyses on the wines that are done as part of the competition. Students have the opportunity to improve their lab skills through repetitive analyses of TA, pH, alcohol content, to name a few. The Wine and Must analysis class got them started, and now this Special Topics course (VIN20095 – Wine Laboratory Analysis) will help them hone their lab skills. This is a unique opportunity, and I hope our students take advantage of it!

OWC 2014 Pouring 1

KSUA students and staff helped with pouring tasting flights.

OWC 2014 Pouring 2

KSUA students and staff poured flights, took flights to judges, and cleared tables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view the results of the 2014 Ohio Wine Competition, click here: 2014 OWC Results Booklet

For another summary of the competition, take a look at Mark Fisher’s article in the Dayton Daily News.

Ohio wines are doing us all proud: The judges were impressed with the quality of the wines coming from our wineries. Well done, Ohio wineries! Keep up the great work!


Cleveland Cavaliers Floor at SPIRE – the only time this PD will ever be on such a fancy floor.

SPIRE Track – only a couple of the judges asked about doing sprints.

As a brief aside, we took the judges to the SPIRE Institute, where we had a nice tour of the enormous facility and an even nicer reception and dinner. The judges were impressed with the tour and facilities, which house 17.2 acres (we calculated it) of land that includes volleyball and basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, several swimming pools, weight rooms, indoor track and field facilities, and fitness centers, such as the Michael Johnson Performance Center. We all felt inspired before our sumptuous dinner, and I, for one, wanted to sneak back to the fancy human-powered treadmills. Because it was a highlight for the judges, I wanted to include mention and pictures of our SPIRE tour here.

Many thank yous to the SPIRE staff for the excellent tour, great service, and wonderful food! We enjoyed our visit immensely and hope that we will be able to arrange another visit next year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' floor, the outdoor track, and one of the of the Olympic training pool at SPIRE.

One of the of the Olympic training pool at SPIRE – one judge asked whether they could judge IN the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~JCG

 

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