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issue 1, February 2010

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program 
Issue 1 February 2010

Welcome to the first issue of Appellation Cornell. This quarterly newsletter will provide you with information about programs, projects, and people associated with Cornell's viticulture and enology program.  Cornell has long been a leader in viticulture and enology research and extension serving New York's grape and wine industry, the third largest in the US.  Recent establishment of an undergraduate major has expanded Cornell's teaching effort, and brought new faculty to the program.  With over 40 faculty and staff involved with research, extension, and teaching on and off campus, we have a lot going on at Cornell.  We hope to provide in-depth, accessible research articles, news about research, teaching, and extension, and profiles of faculty, students, and industry collaborations at Cornell.  This is a group effort of the Viticulture and Enology Steering Committee and will be overseen by an editorial board representing research, teaching, extension and the USDA grape germplasm unit in Geneva.

We hope you enjoy this web browser-based newsletter, and encourage you to share it with others and link to it or any of the individual articles posted here.  Please feel free to contact us at or with feedback, comments or suggestions.  

- Chris Gerling (Enology) and Tim Martinson (Viticulture), co-editors

Gavin Sacks


Cornell Researchers Tackle Green Flavors in Red Wines
Red wines sometimes carry unwanted green flavors, attributed in part to chemical compounds called methoxypyrazines (MP) that come in with the fruit. Cornell researchers have discovered that early-season canopy management techniques may help growers reduce MPs in the vineyard.

Anna Katharine Mansfield


5 Questions for Anna Katharine Mansfield
Mansfield, assistant professor of enology, talks about her research and extension goals and acclimating to New York’s wine and grape industry since joining Cornell in January 2009.

Erin Troxell


Erin Troxell Learns about Winemaking in Germany
Undergraduate Erin Troxell spent last summer learning to produce Spätburgunder and Sauvignon Blanc as an intern under the watch of a fourth-generation winemaking family in Nahe, one of Germany's famed Riesling regions.

Tom Davenport


Tom Davenport Retires from National Grape Cooperative
Tom Davenport, director of viticulture at National Grape Cooperative, retired at a reception held on October 29 at the new Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory in Portland, N.Y.

Grape Harvest


The 2009 Grape and Wine Report
New York growers and vintners faced cool and sometimes rainy weather that reduced fruit set and often delayed ripening and harvest in 2009.




  • Eight Cornell Graduate Students Receive Awards and Scholarships
    Cornell graduate students received eight of the 15 scholarships awarded at the ASEV national meeting, and grad student Craig Austin received the best viticulture poster award at the national American Society of Viticulture and Enology (ASEV) meeting in Napa, Calif