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Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum

In collaboration with viticulture and enology extension programs at: Ohio State University, University of Maryland, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and University of Wisconsin 


Regional viticulture and enology specialists will present a Grower and Winemaker Town Hall virtual meeting series to give seasonal updates and answer pre-submitted and live questions from grape and wine industry stakeholders. 

There will be a total of four town hall meetings throughout the growing season. Meetings will be held from 3PM to 5PM on the following Tuesdays: June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, and September 7th. The first two meetings will be hosted by Cornell University and the second two meetings will be hosted by Penn State Extension. 

Use this link to register and choose your breakout room (viticulture or enology) for the June 8thmeeting. 

The structure of these meetings depends on pre-submitted questions. 

Use this link to pre-submit questions for viticulture and enology specialists to answer live during the meeting. 

Please feel free to submit questions related to any topic by June 1st. 

But please see below for the topic area suggestions for our first meeting on June 8th. Updated topic suggestions will follow in forthcoming meeting announcements. 

Viticulture focus area: pre-bloom to post-fruit set management (canopy management, fruit zone leaf removal, nutrition, young vine establishment, fruit set, fungal disease management) 

Enology focus area: filtration and bottling (types of filtration, filter pad maintenance & usage, pre-bottling sanitation, pre-bottling additions, bottling line cleanliness & quality controls) 

Cain HickeyBeth Chang, and Tim Martinson 

Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum Hosts 

See below for a flyer on the meeting as well.

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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.