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Issue 32, March 2018

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, March 2018 

Yeast on Petri dishRESEARCH FOCUS

The Wild, Wild Yeast: An Ecological Survey of Yeast Species and Strains in Finger Lakes Riesling

Masters student Marie Guido-Miner and associate professor of enology Anna Katherine Mansfield investigated the sources of microbes present in uninoculated Riesling fermentations.

Five Questions for Jackie Dresser

Jackie Dresser  joined the Lake Erie Regional Extension Program in January as Extension Support Specialist.  With a background in surveying and geographical information systems, Dresser will serve as viticulture specialist with the 3-person Lake Erie team.

Snowbird Students: Winter Internships at Bin to Bottle

V&E majors Simmone Landau ’19 and Madison Marshall ’18 spent three weeks in Napa, California interning at Bin to Bottle custom crush facility.  They got their hands dirty in the cellar, ran analyses in the lab, and networked with some of Napa's best winemakers.

PhomopsisGRAPES 101
Phomopsis - Disease Biology and Management

Phomopsis is the earliest disease-causing fungal pathogen to release its infective spores in the spring. The fungus can cause up to 30% yield losses, and the window of opportunity for preventing losses starts at 1-3 inch shoot growth.

Wild, Wild YeastExtension Focus
Cornell Enology Extension Program Announces 2018 ENOCERT Courses

EnoCert is intended for current winery employees who would like to expand their practical knowledge of winery operations, or for motivated amateurs.  Four one to two-day courses in Basic Viticulture & Enology, Wine Sensory Analysis and Description, Tasting Room Sales Strategies, and Winery Sanitation & Safety will be offered in August, 2018.

Terry Acree receives the 2018 ASEV Merit Award

Food Science Professor Terry Acree was acknowledged by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture for his significant contributions to the progress and advancement of enology.



  • March 28th,  NEWA (Network for Environment and Weather Applications)  "Hands On" Workshop in Albany, sponsored by the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Extension Program.  NEWA provides weather-driven disease and insect forecasting models, as well as detailed weather data from on-farm weather stations throughout the Midwest and Northeast.
  • April 10, Northern Grapes Project Webinar: “Implementing NEWA Weather and Pest Model Information into a Vineyard IPM Strategy” 
  • April 19th, VitisGen2 Webinar: "Automated Evaluation of Grape Breeding Progeny to Reduce the Phenotyping Bottleneck" 
  • May 8th, Northern Grapes Project Webinar: “SO2 and You: Understanding the ‘When’, ‘Why’, and ‘How’ of SO2 Management in Your Winery” 



It's All About the Genes: Wine Color
Anna Katherine Mansfield, Associate Professor of Enology at Cornell and collaborator on the VitisGen project, discusses the chemistry behind color in wine and how this relates to the goals and objectives of VitisGen.