Category: Viticulture

MO Grape Conference: The Dangers of Brix Fixation 0

MO Grape Conference: The Dangers of Brix Fixation

I’m just back from attending half a day of the Missouri University Grape and Wine Institute’s (GWU) 2016 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium in Columbia. This three-day event is the first...

Soil Health in the Vineyard 0

Soil Health in the Vineyard

Quality and yield start below the surface The groundhog predicted an early spring. Then came this year’s winter vortex. Regardless of what happens next, the waning days of winter are a time of excitement...

Tom Plocher’s New Grapes Are Spreading 0

Tom Plocher’s New Grapes Are Spreading

University grape breeding programs – like Cornell and Minnesota- grab a lot of attention. But private grape breeders continue to develop many of the grapes that are used to make cold hardy wines. One...

New Grapes Revolutionize Midwest Wine 0

New Grapes Revolutionize Midwest Wine

‘Why didn’t someone take the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and cross it with Norton to create a grapevine that could withstand Midwestern winters yet make a world class wine?” That was the question that puzzled...

San Francisco Chronicle Rips Hybrid Wine Grapes 0

San Francisco Chronicle Rips Hybrid Wine Grapes

A story today in the San Francisco Chronicle has created a controversy for two words (or maybe it’s just one word?) that has been since removed from the article: Frankengrapes. As the story details,...