Who’s having a busy summer?

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!

NMWF 2014 Table

Many KSU alums, prospective students, and curious folks stopped by our table to learn about Ohio’s only Viticulture and Enology degree program.

NMWF 2014 Nancy and Tonya 2

Tonya Fields and Nancy Evans, KSUA Wine Degrees students, started the workshop off with some background information.

NMWF 2014 Nancy 2

Nancy guided participants through sensory characteristics typically found in some wines (though we used water).


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:

Winter Damage Tour Imed Dami

Dr. Imed Dami, Viticulture Researcher at Ohio State University, led the tour. The first vineyard we observed was a Vidal vineyard (seen here), which was in fairly good shape.

Winter Damage Tour Imed Dami 2

Dr. Dami discussed strategies to manage minimally-damaged vines for this season.

Winter Damage Tour Dead Vine

What is a dead vine? This vine had only a couple of shoots growing from just above the graft union, and they easily snapped off, once someone attempted to position them on the wire. FSA representatives agreed that vineyards that had only fragile growth from the graft union were no better off than new vines. The moral of the story: Talk to your local FSA agent if you have severe winter damage in your vineyard.

Some other observations from the tour:

Winter Damage Tour Crown Gall on cordon

Crown gall, and lots of it. This was in the cordon, along the fruiting zone wire. Vitis vinifera

Winter Damage Tour Crown Gall

Loads and loads of crown gall tumors. Notice the new, fleshy tumors on the left and the old, dry tumor on the right. (Stay tuned for a crown gall post in the near future.)

Japanese Beetle 3

I’m sure those of you spending any time in the vineyard are seeing Japanese Beetles, too. What level of damage can vines sustain from these guys? Research in Concord indicated that these fellas can chew on up to 30% of the canopy before any significant reduction in photosynthesis occurs. That said (typed), I’d not let damage get that severe in the more tender varieties.


 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:

ASEV-ES 2014 Tour Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ welcomed us with a Texas-HUGE lunch. (Yes, this was the place you may have seen on the Food Network. It was delicious!)

ASEV-ES 2014 Tour Becker Vineyards 1

Of course there was a little wine tasting, like this setup at Becker Vineyards.

ASEV-ES 2014 Tour Salt Lick Vineyards

But we also got to see a vineyard – through a fence, after the downpours.









ASEV-ES 2014 Oenolympics Hans and Fritz

Hans and Fritz provided extra entertainment to the Oenolympics – a student competition held for the 4th year at ASEV-ES.

ASEV-ES 2014 Oenolympics 7

No, these students are not dancing; they are performing “Oenolympics charades”! Can you guess which trellis they are creating?










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:

VESTA at ASEV 2014

Michelle Norgren, VESTA National Center Director, and Dr. Stan Howell, VESTA Co-PI, present VESTA’s work on Occupational Competencies during the 2014 ASEV poster session.

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