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Governor Blunt Presents Proclamation to Montelle Winery
Written by Bob Truetken   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

 

PRESS RELEASE
August 27, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Debbie Brinkmann 636-228-4301 x23    Montelle  Winery
 
Governor Blunt Presents Proclamation to Montelle Winery
Augusta, MO  
The town of Augusta was bustling with government officials and police officers on Thursday, August 21, 2008.  Montelle Winery was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Governor Matt Blunt. 
When Governor Blunt heard that Tony Kooyumjian, owner of Augusta & Montelle wineries, had won the coveted Governor's Cup three years in a row, he was compelled to visit Augusta.  He was especially interested in the fruit distillery at Montelle.  Montelle is the first and only fruit distillery in the state of Missouri.  After a brief tour of the facilites, Governor Blunt took the podium and relayed some interesting facts to the group of chamber members, town citizens, and employees.  He noted that wineries bring in 1 million tourists per year to Missouri and that Missouri boasts agriculture as it's top industry.  He then presented a proclamation to Tony & Cindy Kooyumjian, who in turn gave him a gift of the winning wine, the 2007 Dry Vignoles, as well as 5 more of their Best of Class wines that had been in the running for the Governor's Cup.  The event finished with a picture session with local photographers.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
 
Double Crop Grapes
Written by Bob Truetken   
Saturday, 23 August 2008

Vern sent this to me so I thought I would post it on here.  My ornamental Cleveland Pears are blooming after our lack of rain for several weeks.

It looks like water, or lack of it, plays an important part in getting a double crop.  We received a lot of water all summer long until just recently.

Use of Water Stress in Forcing Kyoho Grapevines to Produce Two Crops per Year
C. Kamande Ndung'u 1, Goro Okamoto 2, and Ken Hirano 2
1
Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 1-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Okayama 700, Japan
2 Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University, 1-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Okayama 700, Japan.

The use of post-harvest water stress as a management practice in producing two crops of grapes annually was investigated using three-year-old own-rooted Kyoho grapevines. The vines were established under a restricted rooting-zone culture (ca. 30 L/vine). Five weeks after harvesting the first crop, vines were subjected to water stress treatments by completely cutting off irrigation. Control vines received normal watering throughout the year. Though vines in all the treatments produced a second crop, the severe water stress lasting for 16 days was effective in inducing early budbreak, enhancing blooming, and increasing fruitfulness, cluster size, berry set, and berry growth, compared to continuously well-watered vines. The mild water stress of 10 days was less effective. There was an apical dominance tendency in budbreak and a growth potential gradient favoring the upper shoots during the second cycle. Fruits from the two cycles did not differ significantly in their quality. The study shows the potential of water stress as a management practice, especially in increasing the productivity of warm-regions grapevines.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
 
Napa Valley Grapegrowers Forecast 2008 Harvest, Press Release
Written by Bob Truetken   
Friday, 15 August 2008
Sounds like yields are low this year, but quality is good.

August 13, 2008 – The Napa Valley Grapegrowers held a press conference at Larkmead Vineyards in Calistoga, California to forecast what is unanimously being heralded as an exceptional vintage of pristine grapes with lower than average yields in a year marked by extreme growing conditions...

Full article here:
http://www.napagrowers.org/2008harvestpressevent.html
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
 
MVWS July Newsletter is available for download
Written by Bob Truetken   
Monday, 04 August 2008

The July 2008 Newsletter is posted. Once you log in, you can view it by clicking on the "Downloads" link on the left side of this page. Click on Monthly Newsletters then click MVWS 2008 Newsletters.

Reminder: Bring your wine glass to the next meeting.  The presentation will be "Wine Bottle Storage and Temperature". 

We will also conduct our wine scoring again so if you want a bottle of your wine scored, bring it to the meeting.  No label on the bottle please.

Thanks!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
 
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