Northwest Michigan winegrape spring 2015 kick-off meeting April 10

This program will feature presentations on the winery sustainability feasibility survey, repetitive motion injuries, proposed Spanish language training sessions and a comparative tasting of wines made from super-cold-hardy grape varieties.

The Northwest Michigan Winegrape Spring Kick-off Meeting will be held April 10, 2015 in Traverse City. Photo credit: Duke Elsner, MSU

The Northwest Michigan Winegrape Spring Kick-off Meeting will be held April 10, 2015 in Traverse City. Photo credit: Duke Elsner, MSU

Mark your calendars to attend the Northwest Michigan Winegrape Spring Kick-off meeting on Friday afternoon, April 10, 2015 at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center near Traverse City, Michigan, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

The program includes a number of interesting topics, and given that area vineyards have suffered a good deal of winter injury once again, the comparative tasting on super-cold-hardy wines should be of great interest to growers and vintners. Wines made from Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac gris, La Crescent and other varieties will be included in the tasting.

These are the scheduled topics and speakers:

1 p.m. – Parallel 45 update
Brian Hosmer, President, P45 Vines & Wines Inc.

1:20 p.m. – Sustainability feasibility study
Liesl Eichler Clark, 5 Lakes Energy

2:10 p.m. – Repetitive motion injuries in the vineyard
Rex Holder, Physical Therapist, FAST

2:40 p.m. – Spanish language training sessions
Marguerite Cotto, Northwestern Michigan College

3 p.m. – Comparative tasting of wines made from selected super-cold-hardy varieties
Ron Perry, MSU Department of Horticulture

This session is jointly sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and Parallel 45 Vines & Wines, Inc. The registration fee is $10 for Parallel 45 members or $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is strongly recommended so appropriate accommodations for the wine tasting can be arranged. You may register online at the Wine Grape Spring Kick-off Meeting registration page.

Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling the hosting MSU Extension office by April 3 to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

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