March 30, 2017

A Word About Wine Writing

Confucius said the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.  That's especially true when it comes to writing and speaking about wine.  Enology and viticulture is full of confusing terminology.  Using the wrong words can confuse your audience and damage credibility.To help with our etymological wine journey, we enlisted the help of Tim Martinson, senior extension … [Read more...]

Northern Grapes Project Funding Extended

The Northern Grapes Project received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.The project focuses on growing extremely cold-hardy wine grape varieties that are new to both growers and consumers, creating a rapidly-expanding industry of small … [Read more...]

Northern Grapes Project Pays Dividends in Year One

The Northern Grapes Project (NGP) has released its one year progress report.  NGP involves institutions in 12 states and 19 regional wine and grape organizations, many in the Midwest. "It is the first project of its kind to focus on cold climate cultivars" said Project Director, Tim Martinson, from Cornell University's Department of Horticulture."We’ve designed this as a five-year project and … [Read more...]