I’m sure we aren’t the only ones!
It’s been quite the summer, and I’ve let my blog-posting duties lag a bit – my apologies, fans of the KSUA Wine Degrees Program. Instead of a long, wordy blog, I’ll post more of a scrapbook of what we’ve been up do lately: ASEV-ES in Austin, TX, Winter Damage Assessment Meeting, and North Market Wine Festival, to name a few! So, I hope you are reading this on your mobile computing device while sitting outside in a lovely spot and enjoying a glass of your favorite summer sipper.
P.S. We’ll be at Vintage Ohio on August 1&2, so come say, “Hi!”
North Market Wine Festival
KSUA Wine Degrees was at the North Market Wine Festival last weekend, and we had a blast! We met many KSU alums, as well as possibly picked up a few more potential Wine Degree Golden Flashes. Two of our students, Nancy Evans and Tonya Fields, presented a workshop on Introduction to Sensory Evaluation, including the “What’s that Smell?” game (wine-related, of course). We are proud of the great job they did, so we’ll post a few pictures here!
Winter Damage Assessment Tour in Northeast Ohio
Ohio grape growers are seeing the damage wrought by the polar vortex events from this past winter. With the promise of USDA Tree Assistance Program funding to help them limp along through the next year or two, growers and FSA representatives need to be on the same page as far as grape production. The main question was “What constitutes a ‘dead vine’?” This seems rather obvious, but when we were looking at rows of vines killed back to the graft union, it was clear that recovery was going to be a long road for many NE Ohio growers. Dr. Imed Dami from Ohio State University helped define different levels of damage in the field and how growers can rehabilitate each scenario. He also has a handy guide published in the July 17, 2014 OGEN news. Anyway. here are some images from the tour:
Some other observations from the tour:
ASEV/ASEV-ES Meeting in Austin, TX
This year, for the first time ever, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and ASEV-Eastern Section joined forces to hold a combined meeting in Austin, TX. The conference was well-attended by folks west of the Rockies AND those east of the Rockies. Those of us on the boards agreed that the meeting was a success, and we look forward to doing it again soon.
If you’ve never attended an ASEV or ASEV-ES meeting before, you really should; they are an excellent way to catch up on the latest in viticulture and enology research and extension projects around the country. ASEV-ES will be held in Fredonia, NY next year, so mark your calendars for July 23-26, 2015! Oh, and this meeting is a combined meeting with ISHS featuring the Shaulis symposium: International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization.
First, as with every ASEV-ES meeting, there was a tour of the local viticulture and enology industry:
Of course, there are serious discussions and presentations on recent research in viticulture and enology, but those don’t tend to make for good pictures…except THIS poster with a couple of familiar faces: