Kentucky Vineyard Society Wins Large State Grant
February 5, 2012
The Kentucky Vineyard Society has been approved for $515,000 in state Agricultural Development Funds to maintain the Viticulture Extension and Research Program through fiscal year 2014, which includes an extension viticulture specialist, enologist and technicians. ‘This funding shows Kentucky’s commitment to this still growing industry in providing much needed technical assistance to both grape growers and wine makers,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. One objective of the Program is instituting a voluntary wine assurance control program to set standards for well-made wines that will expand the industry through increased public confidence in the quality of Kentucky wines. Another Program objective is the establishment of a statewide system to connect local growers with Kentucky wineries to decrease the need for out-of-state sourcing. For more information please see the Kentucky Vineyard Society website at www.kyvineyardsociety.org
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Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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