July 26, 2017

US Versus Europe Taste Off at VitiNord ’15

The 2015 VitiNord International Viticulture & Enology Conference is taking place from 11-14 November in Nebraska City. This year, the leading event focusing on the latest advances in cold hardy grape growing and winemaking around the world, will include a unique ‘taste off’ between cold hardy hybrids and European hybrids.Organizer and grape breeder, Tom Plocher, says attendees will be able … [Read more...]

Midwest Winemakers Expect Early Harvest, Lower Yields

Winemakers across the Midwest are now preparing to harvest their grapes. For many growers, the warm winter, the spring freeze and now the ongoing drought have combined to push harvest dates forward by two to three weeks. The harvest for some varieties could start within the next fortnight. Yields at many vineyards are expected to be down significantly from last year, but some winemakers say the … [Read more...]

Brad Beam: 2012 Illinois Grape Growers Conference a “Great Value”

Over 250 were in attendance at the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Conference held in Springfield, Illinois from February 2-4.  The tone of the affair was a combination of education and celebration; a tremendous example of a rapidly-growing industry keeping its eyes on the future without losing sight of its history.This event continues to be a great value, both academically and … [Read more...]

Illinois Harvest: South Central Dichotomy

 Oppressive hot weather in far Southern Illinois this summer stressed white grapes in particular,  said Scott Sensmeier,  Owner and Vintner at Starview Vineyards, near Cobden, Illinois on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.  According to the National Weather Service in nearby Paducah,  Kentucky, the temperature was over 90 degrees 37 days in a row with three days of 104 degree highs.   Vignoles … [Read more...]