Upcoming Events

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I am sure you are all waiting impatiently for *something*. Alas, all I have this time around are some critical updates for students, faculty, and supporters of the program.

KSUA Wine Degree Program Updates and Events

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Educational field trip – Meet at the Grape Discovery Center at 10:00am. We will also visit 21 Brix Winery and Mazza Vineyards. Please contact Dr. Gee if you are interested in going.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Wines and Vines Club Meeting at Pairings in Geneva.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 10:00am-1:00pm: FALL PREVIEW DAYS at KSUA! Local high school students will be visiting campus to learn about the programs offered at KSUA. This is a great opportunity for them to learn about the Viticulture Program and careers in viticulture. Current students and faculty are welcome to attend to talk with these high school students about the program! Contact Dr. Gee if you are interested.


Pairings Educational Displays

Student members of the KSUA Wines and Vines Club will be putting together educational displays for the Pairings Wine and Culinary Institute. The topics covered will be:

  • Anatomy of a grapevine
  • History of Grape Production in Ohio
  • Grape Production Goals/Products
  • Wine Production History in Ohio
  • Wine making process – through history
  • Vineyards signs
    • Hybrids, Natives, vinifera
    • Posts, wires, trellis, and training
    • Pesticide use

If you want to help put together some of this content, regardless of where you are located, please contact Dr. Gee by completing this form.


Special Topics Class for Spring 2015

Many of you students have noticed a “Special Topics” class listed on the schedule for Spring 2015, and several of you have been asking me what it covers. This class will be a journal club, in which students will need to find articles first in trade journals, then in primary literature, on recent research in viticulture or enology. They will then summarize these articles to the rest of the class. This course is designed to provide the most recent information on research in viticulture and enology and discuss its relevance to and application of viticulture and enology in Ohio.


Sensory Evaluation of Wines Workshop

This workshop WILL be offered during the Spring 2015 semester. The date and location are TBD for now, but stay tuned, and we’ll get something posted soon. This workshop is open to students and industry members alike.

Here’s a blurb from the 2013 workshop: “Earthy? Herbaceous? Just don’t know?  Join us for a Sensory Evaluation Workshop. The workshop will develop attendees’ wine tasting methods and evaluation skills.”


Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm in Main Hall C206Hospitality Management Club meets every week to discuss upcoming events and projects. Because our clubs often overlap in goals and content, we have decided to join forces in fundraising and community service events. Please feel free to join the meeting, if you’re near campus!


OWPA and OGIC are holding regional meetings across Ohio in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, Nov. 4: Kosicek Vineyards, 636 SR 534 S Harpersfield
Monday, Nov. 10: Sarah’s Vineyard, 1204 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls
Monday, Nov. 24: Chateau Tebeau, 525 St. Rte. 635, Helena
Monday, Dec. 8: Meranda-Nixon Winery, 6517 Laycock Rd., Ripley
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Rockside Vineyard, 2363 Lancaster-Newark Rd., Lancaster

This meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. with registration to begin at 10:00 a.m. Topics which are on the agenda include: Upcoming Farmers’ Market wine sales legislation and opportunities this will present; Trail activities: brochures, social media efforts/trail special events coming in each region; Update on program plans for License to Steal; Update on national issues from WineAmerica fall meeting including ingredient labeling, volunteer use by for profit wineries, issues with BMI and ASCAP; Update on planned, upcoming legislative receptions and legislative activity: state and Federal – spring WineAmerica meetings in DC; Crisis Management handbook to address unexpected issues; Legislative action guide; Wine Conference Preview Day for new and soon to be established wineries; Motorcoach policy handout ; Responsible Alcohol consumption; Update on Polar Vortex, TAP program and information about the opportunities for insuring your crops under USDA’s NAP presented by USDA staff; Meeting with ODLC representatives AND lunch for an update on rules, legislation and other issues impacting the industry. Following these discussions, an OGIC Strategic Planning Session will be conducted by Christy Eckstein, OGIC Executive Director.
The cost for this program is including a welcome coffee and lunch will be $20 per person register on line at OhioWines.org If growers are only coming for the OGIC afternoon planning session, there is no charge for attendance.

(Thanks to Dave Marrison for the update!)

Register on the events page here: http://www.ohiowines.org/

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