WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University online series
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
Indiana wines have been scoring high in the annual Indy
International Wine Competition. The Indiana-grown Vignoles 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.