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Cornell Masterclass Supports Growth of Upstate Wine Industry

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

Both aspiring and veteran winemakers and grape growers looking to capture growth in a bottle can learn from the experts at B.E.V. NY [Business. Enology. Viticulture.], Cornell Extension’s 5th annual symposium for the grape and wine industry in New York.

Now in its fifth year, B.E.V. NY provides regional industry members with cutting-edge research updates from experts in viticulture, enology, and the business of wine. This year’s symposium will be held Feb. 28-March 2 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Conference Center in Henrietta.

In 2018, all three days of B.E.V. NY will include sessions focused on the production and sales of sparkling wines, kicking off with a discussion of marketing and pertinent federal standards and regulations on Business day (Wednesday). Dr. Belinda Kemp, Senior Oenologist at Brock University, will share her experience in sparkling wine production in the United Kingdom and Canada when she presents a “world vs. New York” technical session and tasting on Enology day (Thursday) and a discussion of grape growing for sparkling wine making on Viticulture day (Friday.)

The Business program will also include social media marketing tips and a panel presentation by New York wineries that have recently re-designed their labels.

On Enology Day, Extension Specialist Chris Gerling and microbiologist Dr. Randy Worobo will bring winemakers up to date on the new winery reporting and sanitation requirements under the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

Friday’s Viticulture program will also feature Dr. Imed Dami, professor of viticulture from Ohio State University, who will present his work on abscisic acid (ABA) applications and their effect on winter hardiness and fruit quality in eastern vineyards. A trade show of regional vendors will be held all three days, and students from some of the regional viticulture and wine-related academic programs will once again introduce program speakers.

Registration, sponsorship and trade show information is available at

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Gemma Osborne, event coordinator; or (315) 787-2248