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Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop is Nov. 4 in Piketon

October 27, 2011

PIKETON, Ohio -- Winemakers and commercial wine-grape growers looking for practical and essential skills in running a successful vineyard and winery are invited to attend a day-long workshop in Piketon on Friday, Nov. 4. 

Registration is now open for the "Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop -- A Practical Approach."  The event will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers' Endeavor Center in room 160. The Endeavor Center is located at 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio.

Registration (including lunch and materials) costs $20 before Nov. 3 and $25 after that date. To register, fill out the form available at; or contact Julie Moose, 740-289-2071 (ext. 223) or moose.14@osu.ed, if you'd like to register using a credit card.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Gary Gao, South Centers small fruit specialist, and Dave Scurlock, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) viticulture outreach specialist, will lead hands-on sessions on sampling techniques for soil, leaf and berries; how to read soil and tissue test reports; assessing winter vineyard injuries; and how to prepare berry samples for analysis. 

Following lunch, participants will be lead through an introduction to sensory evaluation and its importance in recognizing wine flaws, by OARDC enologist Todd Steiner. Steiner will also teach the critical aspects of preventing wine flaws for the winemaker. The workshop will conclude with essential analytical procedures of must and wine in the production of premium table wines, taught by Patrick Pierquet, manager of OARDC’s Enology Lab.

For more information, contact Gao at 740-289-2071 (ext. 123) or


Julie Strawser-Moose