About Us: 2014 Best Article: Winter Survival of Vidal Blanc Vines for Ice Wine Production

Jan. 13, 2015

HCS faculty member, Imed Dami, has won national recognition for his article in the "Wine & Vines" trade magazine. The article is based on a research project funded by OGIC to answer the question whether heavy crop load impacts negatively Vidal vines for ice wine production

BEST OF WINE EAST Winter Survival of Vidal Blanc Vines for Ice Wine Production by Imed Dami, April 2014 An article about raising Vidal Blanc for ice wine production drew the most attention from digital edition readers, with the April 2014 story garnering the most pageviews of any feature to run in the Wine East section during 2014. Associate professor and viticulture extension agent Imed Dami of The Ohio State University wrote this well-illustrated story, which outlines what makes Vidal Blanc a popular cultivar choice for ice wines and describes an experiment t o uncover a relation between cluster thinning and winter injury. Through his research, Dami concluded that 40 was the optimum number of clusters for this hybrid cultivar based on crop weight, pruning weight and crop-load ratios. It was also discovered that pruning and cluster thinning did not affect winter hardiness of Vidal Blanc vines. Read more about Dami’s experiment starting on page 78 of the April 2014 issue of Wines & Vines. 

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Winter Survival of Vidal Blanc Vines for Ice Wine Production