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Issue 35, November 2018

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

Vineyard, with grapes infected by red blotch virus on the left, starkly different from those not infected on the right.RESEARCH FOCUS

Red Blotch Disease Ecology and Management

PhD candidate Elizabeth Cieniewicz and plant pathology Professor Marc Fuchs discuss their research looking at the virus associated with Red Blotch Disease, how it spreads among vines, and the implications for management.

Russell Moss thumbnail pictureFACULTY FOCUS

Five Questions for Russell Moss

Russell Moss joined the grape and wine team at Cornell as a lecturer in viticulture in August of 2018.  He also has launched his own Oregon wine brand, Bocamo, and is a vineyard management consultant. 

Simmone Landau, Cornell Viticulture and Enology program who interned abroad, thumbnailSTUDENT FOCUS

Viticulture and Enology Majors Complete Fall Internships at Locations Far and Wide

Viticulture and Enology students Simmone Landau and Allyson Wentworth spent a semester away from campus, learning hands-on industry skills and vineyards and wineries.

Concord vineyard in need of replacement thumbnailEXTENSION FOCUS

Vineyard Improvement Program accepting applications

Vineyard owners who would like to remove unwanted Concord blocks and to replant with other grape varieties or other agricultural crops, can apply for the Vineyard Improvement Program.


How Grapevine Flowers Form

Flower and inflorescence development is a two year process, often starting around bloom when primordia in developing buds commit to becoming either an inflorescence or a tendril. Branching is largely complete by veraison, but floral parts complete development the following spring.




  • Project Helps Grape Growers Use New Technology Effectively in Vineyards
    This "Growing Produce" article highlights The Efficient Vineyard Project, which aims to help grape growers integrate technology in a meaningful way, in order to grow higher quality grapes more efficiently.

  • EnoCert program spurs winery operation expertise
    EnoCert is a new certification program that helps participants learn about the nuances of quality wine production from vine to glass. The first course took place in August with 27 participants from six different states. 

  • Meet our new brewing expert
    Kaylyn Kirkpatrick is our new brewing extension associate, as of Aug 20th. She answers some questions about her background and how she plans to help the New York brewing industry continue to grow. 

  • Growers co-op reach 90 years 
    The "Growers Cooperative Grape Juice Company of Westfield" has, as of this year, been processing local juice grapes for 90 years, since the Great Depression.

  • Big, blue Everest Seedless is Cornell’s newest grape 
    The Everest Seedless, a cold-tolerant, seedless, large-berried, blue table grape, is the newest release from the Cornell Agritech breeding program.

  • Sustainable Winegrowing podcast: Under-vine cover crops 
    In this episode of the "Sustainable wine-growing podcast" by the Vineyard Team, Justine Vanden Heuvel (Cornell Professor of Viticulture) discusses the complexities of cover-cropping to manage soil fertility and weed pressure in the vineyard.

  • Meet Breanne Kisselstein 
    Breanna Kisselstein is a PhD candidate studying the genes associated with powdery mildew resistance in wine grapes. After graduating she hopes to become a professor and to continue to inspire others to love science.


The Lowdown on Yield Monitoring. The Efficient Vineyard project, which is affiliated with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program in Portland NY, discusses some tools that can be used to evaluate and sense yield, and how make the most of that information.