Paul Vigna explores the use of sulfites in wine after a local news article posted how mead producers do not add "sulfides."
Journalist, Paul Vigna, writes about the 2014 Wine Quality Improvement workshop, and what advantages it holds for winemakers and wine enthusiasts. Article includes images capturing the hands-on activities experienced by attendees to identify and remember wine defects.
Penn Live writer, Paul Vigna discusses the 2014 Benchmark Wine Tasting workshop held by Penn State Extension Enology.
Denise Gardner, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences extension enologist, recently achieved the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators.
Over 40 wines from the 2012 harvest season were tasted at this August 2013 workshop in Geneva, NY. The following describes some background on the NE-1020 project and the wine trials tasted at the Cultivar X Regional tasting.
This paper focuses on the production of distilled spirits, especially whiskey and bourbon. It briefly reviews distillation, production techniques, and sanitation methods for distilleries. A short note at the end captures some of the highlights of being a tourist on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
A small summary regarding the process and benefits of the Wine Quality Initiative Sensory Evaluation is attached. This document can be found in the "Workshop/Seminar Summaries" folder in the "Wine Production" tab.
This one-day symposium is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board (WMRB), the crop order through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) that uses the 15 cent per gallon wine produced tax to support research and marketing efforts that will benefit the entire Pennsylvania wine industry. Research proposals focused on Pennsylvania viticulture and enology needs are reviewed annually by the Research Committee, and few are selected to present to the industry at this annual meeting. Attached is a summary regarding enology-based presentations during the 2013 Symposium.
A write up by Penn State's Viticulture Extension Educator, Mark Chien, on the importance of glass shape, standardization of wine glass use in the winery/tasting room, and importance of benchmark wines. A good read for everyone in the wine industry.
The Academic Wino is a blog managed by Becca Yeamans that focuses on current research in enology and viticulture. Becca reads through research articles and summarizes key points and ideas on her blog. Recent topics of interest include wine bottle pricing based on winery location, sensory characteristics of oak chips, environmental impacts of winemaking, and wine-related book reviews. This is another firm example of a resource that wineries can used to stay current in viticulture and enology research world-wide. Click on the link to see more topics reviewed by Becca.
This report reviews the current Extension Enology educational workshops, program goals and initiatives, and additional resources available to Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic wineries.
This paper briefly discusses some of the enological sessions at the 2013 Eastern Winery Exposition. Topics include: white wine phenolics, winery energy savings, and sour rot.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is held annually in Hershey, PA. This short review covers the enology-based lectures of the wine grape meetings for the 2013 year.
This brief review discusses the context of the 2013 Level 1 workshop held in January 2013. Several benefits of the program are also discussed including where to find additional information on the WQI programs.
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A paper written by Food Science undergraduate, Virginia Smith, discusses the effects of cold stability on wine, how to analyze for tartrate stability, and various products used for cold stabilization purposes. A good read for any winemakers that battle with cold stability issues.
As the production portion of our NE-1020 project has come to a close, now is the time that we focus on basic wine chemistries. A series of data is collected on every fermented variety so that we can compare the chemical composition of that variety across several harvest years.
A review on YAN data collected from PA and NY fruit from the 2006 to 2011 vintage years is now posted on Penn State Extension Enology's website. Please click on the link to be re-directed to the content page.
Although most of harvesting is completed, I will use some of these "updates" to recollect some progress on the NE-1020 variety trials through this 2012 harvest season.
As many PA winemakers know, the 2012 harvest season is upon us. Harvest has also started for the Penn State's NE-1020 variety trial research project led by Dr. Rob Crassweller. This year, 10 varieties are being fermented and chemically analyzed. These wines will be featured at the 2013 PA Wine Marketing & Research Board Research Summit at University Park, PA. You can follow more NE-1020 project updates on Facebook by liking the "Penn State Extension Enology" page.