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Marquette also named Minnesota 1211 is the most popular hybrid grape from the University of Minnesota released in 2006. Marquette has been added as a grape for wine processing and is now since November 2019, classified as VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in Ontario. Read more about Lets Focus on.. With Dr. Watrelot
Many people like to include sparkling wine in their winter holiday celebrations, especially for the New Year. After all, what’s not to love about a picturesque, bubbly, food-friendly wine that comes in so many styles and from so many regions?
However, carbon dioxide plays multiple roles in the winemaking world, beyond the fizz that tickles our tongues after we (carefully!) pop the cork. Read more about Carbon Dioxide – ‘Tis the Season for Bubbles!
Hello! As the holidays are quickly approaching, our offices and lab times will be affected.
During the week of December 23-27, December 31-January 1, WE WILL BE CLOSED.
If you wish to submit a sample before this, please make sure it arrives to our labs by Thursday, December 20. The mailing room will be closed so we wont be notified if your samples have come in after this date. Read more about Holiday Office Hours
When you take a sip of wine at a family meal or celebration, what do you notice?
First, you probably note the visual characteristics: the color is generally red, rosé or white. Next, you smell the aromatic compounds wafting up from your glass. Read more about What Makes Wine Dry? -Check out Dr. Watrelot's article featured in The Conversation
Please note that the fee-for-service analytical lab at the MGWII will be closed the week of November 25-29. Any samples received after Thursday, November 21 will be analyzed the week of December 2-6.
If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Moroney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! Read more about Lab Hours: Week of 11/25
The debate about terroir, what it is or isn’t, where it comes from, or whether it even exists at all, seems to be a perpetual one in the world of wine.
Recently when I was scrolling on social media, I came across this post:
I recently had the privilege of attending the International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) as a judge. The competition was organized by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, and featured more than 300 wines from cold-climate varieties, plus 24 judges and numerous hard-working volunteers.
Earlier in my wine-world career, the idea of serving as a judge at a wine competition would have seemed inconceivable to me. Now I have three under my belt, and I don’t find it at all uncomfortable or stressful. Read more about Building Skill and Confidence in Your Wine-Tasting Palate