WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University online series that began Tuesday (Sept. 10) gives consumers an up-close look at Indiana wines and shows them what goes into taking the grapes from vine to bottle.
The series, called "Through the Grapevine," appears on the website of the Purdue publication Agricultures at https://ag.purdue.edu/agricultures. It will run each Tuesday.
The series is a valuable - even entertaining - resource for anyone interested in learning about Indiana wines and the grapes grown in the state, said Natalie van Hoose, writer and organizer of the series produced by the Purdue Department of Agricultural Communication.
"Indiana's wine industry may be small, but it's really quite remarkable," van Hoose said. "This series explores the past, present and future of Indiana wines and gives an inside perspective on this year's grape harvest and winemaking."
Indiana wines have been scoring high in the annual Indy International Wine Competition. The Indiana-grown Vignoles (pronounced vin-YOHL') grape, for instance, is used in wines that have won Wine of the Year the past two years.
Van Hoose draws upon the expertise of Purdue specialists in viticulture and enology and other members of the wine industry to help educate readers about Indiana grapes and what makes them special. She also explores issues such as the effects of herbicide drift on vineyards, how rising temperatures have affected the range and varieties of grapes grown in Indiana, and possible health benefits of drinking moderate amounts of wine.
In addition, the series also offers tips to readers on how to shop for a bottle of wine that will be pleasing to them and which types of wine pare well with particular foods.
Each part of the series includes a note on the next week's topic so that readers can watch for it.