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Veraison to Harvest Issue #1

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September 2, 2016

2016 Veraison to Harvest #1

In this issue…

  • Around New York  (Martinson, Walter-Peterson,  Haggerty, Wise, O’Connell & Wallis )
  • CLEREL Lake Erie Concord Report (Bates)
  • Lake Erie Grape Program Hosts “Cover Cropping in Concord Vineyards”  Workshop (Alex Koeberle
  • Fruit Composition Report 8/22/2016 (Team) – Featuring just Northern Grape cultivars
  • Fruit Composition Report 8/29/2016 (Team) – First full set of samples

Cluster Shots at Cornell’s Lansing Orchard (Martinson)

Fruit Composition of Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, St Croix on 8/22/2016

We collected our first samples from Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, Marquette, and St Croix on 8/22/2016.  Starting next week we will begin posting these in our publication Veraison to Harvest.

Samples were collected from the Thousand Islands (Clayton), Champlain (Willsboro trial), and the Finger Lakes (various locations).  Each week when we post Veraison to Harvest, we’ll post a table of contents and link here.

Here’s the results:

FruitComposition 8-22-2016

Tom Zabadal’s series of grape training, trellising, tying videos

I’d like to call your attention to a series of instructional videos on vineyard establishment, pruning and tying, done by Tom Zabadal at Michigan State University.  This series of 38 videos (!) covers the ‘nuts and bolts’ of establishing different training systems, tying grapevines, and trellis construction, all presented in a careful ‘step-by-step’ format.  These are highly specific and practical (for example there are 4 separate videos on tying, including situations where tying is needed, materials used for tying, techniques used for tying, and specific knots used for tying.   Dr. Zabadal is a research/extension professor based at the Southwest Michigan Experiment Station in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

I highly recommend these as a resource for learning about basic viticultural techniques!

A few examples:

News You Can Use: 2016 Northern Grapes Symposium

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2016 Northern Grapes Symposium
March 2016

Erin Norton of Iowa State University pours La Crescent during the cold hardy white wines tasting session. Photo: Lani McKinney

Erin Norton of Iowa State University pours La Crescent during the cold hardy white wines tasting session.
Photo: Lani McKinney

The 2016 Northern Grapes Symposium was hosted by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Conference on February 24th in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Nine Northern Grapes Project team members lead six sessions, encompassing all four of the projects’ objectives.   Some of the talks focused on results of specific research projects, such as training systems studies, deacidification strategies for cold hardy wines, and marketing, branding, and tasting room studies.  Others, however, were more general in nature, and covered topics such as the past 15 years of viticulture in Iowa and the viticultural and enological characteristics of Marquette, Frontenac, Brianna, and La Crescent, including tasting two examples of each wine.

Below are links to all of the presentations given at the 2016 Northern Grapes Symposium:

Fifteen years of trials, tribulations, and successes in Iowa viticulture. Mike White, Iowa State University.

Making quality wines from high acid grapes: Yeast selection and deacidification. Anna Katharine Mansfield and Claire Burtch, Cornell University

Brianna and La Crescent: Viticulture, enology, and tasting. Jim Luby, University of Minnesota and Murli Dharmadhikari, Iowa State University

Marquette and Frontenac: Viticulture, fruit ripening, enology, and tasting. Jim Luby, University of Minnesota; Murli Dharmadhikari, Iowa State University; and Anne Fennell, South Dakota State University

Managing Frontenac and Marquette for profitability and quality: Training systems, recovering from winter and spring frost injury. Tim Martinson, Cornell University and Paolo Sabbatini, Michigan State University

Marketing, branding, tasting room studies with cold hardy wines. Bill Gartner, University of Minnesota and Dan McCole, Michigan State University

We would like to thank the following wineries for donating or providing wines at a reduced cost for our symposium:  Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton, New York; Fireside Winery, Marengo, Iowa; Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery, Adrian, Michigan; Northern Sun Winery, Bark River, Michigan; Parley Lake Winery, Waconia, Minnesota; Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, Vermont; Staller Estate Winery, Delavan, Wisconsin; Tucker’s Walk Vineyard, Garretson, South Dakota.

Direct link:

March 8 Webinar: Developing Cold-Hardy Grapes

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“Developing Cold-Hardy Grapes: The Trials and Tribulations of Breeding Grapes for the Northern Continental U.S.”           



Matthew Clark

Harlene Hatterman-Valenti            Matthew Clark

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)

7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central)

Join Harlene Hatterman-Valenti of North Dakota State University and Matthew Clark of the University of Minnesota as they talk about their respective grape breeding programs.  During this webinar, they will give a brief history of their grape breeding both programs, and will discuss how crossing and selection decisions are made, including using molecular tools for cultivar development.

If you have received this email from someone other than Chrislyn Particka, you need to register via the link below:

Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instruction for all further Northern Grapes Webinars.

Registration will close at 8 am (Eastern) on Friday, March 4th. 

Registration is NOT required if you received this email directly from Chrislyn Particka, as it means that you are a member of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

All members of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list will receive an email the Friday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions.

There is no charge for this webinar.  If you cannot attend one of the live sessions, recordings of all webinars are posted on our website ( within one week of the webinar date.

Feel free to email Chrislyn Particka ( with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you’d like to be removed from the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

Please note:  WebEx will no longer be supporting the following operating systems:
• Windows Server 2003
• Windows XP
• Mac OS X 10.6
This means that WebEx users will be unable to join or start WebEx meetings, or use any other WebEx application from computers that use these operating systems. Please upgrade computers to a supported operating system so you can continue to use WebEx without interruption.

Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at

The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850.


Through Feb 29: Help us Evaluate the Northern Grapes Project

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Dear Northern Grape growers, winemakers and winery owners:

Click on survey link:

We need your help in evaluating the Northern Grapes Project.

Over the past five years I’ve had the privilege of being Project Director for the Northern Grapes Project. With funding from the USDA and support from 23 grower and winery associations across 12 states in the Midwest and Northeast, we’ve developed research and education aimed at providing more research-based information on vineyard management, winemaking methods, and marketing and business management options to you.  Our overarching goal is to foster the growth and sustainability of the emerging Northern Grapes winery businesses in the Midwest and Northeast.

As we bring this project to a close in 2016, we are asking for your help in evaluating the project.

We have posted a followup survey that asks many of the same questions as our initial Northern Grapes Project Baseline and Economic Impact survey in 2012.

We need to find out how the acreage planted to these varieties and wine production has changed from 2012 to 2016, and estimate the economic contribution to your state’s economy as we did at the start of the project.  Results of this survey will help us estimate the overall impact of the project and report it to our funding agency.  Data from this survey will be published and we hope will serve as useful resources for building support and recognition for the industry – both in your state and regionally across all the states involved in the project.

The survey will take about thirty minutes to complete, and individual results will be confidential.  If you have participated in Northern Grapes Project events or projects, please consider how the project has benefitted you and your industry friends and neighbors, and help us complete this important piece of the project evaluation.

Please help us by participating in this survey.  The survey will be open through February 29th.

Click on Survey Link:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brigid Tuck at the University of Minnesota Extension.  She can be reached at 507-389-6979 or

I thank you for your participation!

Tim Martinson
Senior Extension Associate
Director – Northern Grape Project

The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850


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