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2017 Eastern Winery Exposition | Enology & Viticulture Conference Sessions

EV01 | Crafting Fine Red Blends in Cool Climates
EV02 | Old but Worthwhile Cold-Hardy Red Hybrids
EV03 | Enhancing Varietal and Aromatic Compounds from Vine to Wine
EV04 | Aromella and Arandell: the Newest Cornell Hybrids
EV05 | Five-Year SCRI Grant Results: Improved Grape & Wine Quality in a Challenging Environment; An Eastern U.S. Model for Sustainability & Economic Vitality


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EV01 | Crafting Fine Red Blends in Cool Climates

Vinny Aliperti, Peter Becraft, JL Groux and Luke Steele

This in-depth session will feature four speakers from cool climate sites: J.L. Groux of Stratus Vineyards, ON; Luke Steele of Dr. Frank Vineyards, Finger Lakes; Vinny Aliperti of Atwater Vineyards and Peter Becraft of Anthony Road Vineyards, both of Seneca Lake. The first two speakers will pour and discuss a meritage blend, while Becraft will do the same with a cabernet franc/lemberger blend while Aliperti will pour a “big blend” with 43% syrah, 3 red Bordeaux grapes, and lemberger/blaufrankisch. All speakers will include viticultural practices and site circumstances, along with winemaking stylistic goals, processes and managing both from one vintage to the next.
J.L. will specifically address the art of assemblage at Stratus and how this traditional European winemaking technique is applied with a New World twist: assemblage vs. blending; tasting techniques to assemble your own wines; what to avoid; and how to overcome the marketing challenge.

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EV02 | Old but Worthwhile Cold-Hardy Red Hybrids

Howard Bursen, Steve Casscles and Peter Oldak

There are many established, cold-hardy red hybrids that despite being less well-known than others, are worth considering. Howard Bursen, winemaker of Sharpe Hill Vineyards, CT, Peter Oldak, owner and winemaker of Jewell Towne Vineyards, NH, and Steve Casscles, vineyard manager of Hudson Chatham Vineyards, NY, and author of Grapes of the Hudson Valley, will discuss and pour two French hybrids (Landot Noir and Burdin) and a Swenson hybrid (St. Croix).

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EV03 | Enhancing Varietal and Aromatic Compounds from Vine to Wine

Russell Moss

Varietal aroma can be considered something akin to an aromatic fingerprint of a given grape variety. These compounds are synthesized within the grape. As such, viticultural practice can greatly impact their expression. Russell will explore some of the most important varietal aromas and how viticulturists can use specific practices to manipulate their concentrations. A vine-to-wine management strategy for thiols, tropical fruit aromas, will also be discussed.

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EV04 | Aromella and Arandell: the Newest Cornell Hybrids

Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield

Aromella and Arandell are the latest introductions from a grape breeding program stretching back to 1906. Aromella is a productive, winter-hardy white grape that produces aromatic white wines with floral and muscat-like characters. Arandell, a red, is the first grape cultivar to be introduced from the program’s ‘no-spray’ block, and combines broad disease resistance with good wine quality. This session will cover cultural and production practices for both cultivars, and should be of interest to growers in cool to cold climates, or those looking for lower-input viticulture.

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EV05 | Five-Year SCRI Grant Results

Improved Grape & Wine Quality in a Challenging Environment; An Eastern U.S. Model for Sustainability & Economic Vitality

Howard Bursen, Anna Katharine Mansfield, PhD and Tony Wolf, PhD 

Anna Katherine and Tony will discuss some of the outputs and outcomes of this comprehensive project which involved enologists, viticulturists and stakeholders in seven states. An Executive Summary of the final report will be provided to attendees. Additionally, St. Croix, a Swenson hybrid, fermented by Howard Bursen as a subset project of this grant, will be poured in control vs. tannin addition treatment to illustrate the effective tannin additions for red hybrid fermentations.

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