DUBUQUE, Iowa – Experienced wine sippers and those who simply want to know more about Iowa wines can participate in a series of webinars beginning March 31 in Dubuque County.
“Wine Wednesdays” is a series of six educational webinars that will feature wines commonly produced in Iowa, complete with tasting and discussion. The series is led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and will include presentations by four wineries located in Dubuque County.
Sessions are open to anyone across Iowa. The first session, Wine 101, will feature an overview of grape production in Iowa, led by Aude Watrelot, assistant professor of enology in the department of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State.
Other sessions include white wine on April 7, fruit wine April 14, sparkling wine April 21, rosé wine April 28 and red wine on May 5.
Each session will last 30 minutes and includes time for discussion. Watrelot will explain the production process for each wine and the types of grapes that can be used, and a speaker from each winery will discuss their winery and the specific wine being tasted.
“This is an opportunity for Iowans to learn more about common Iowa wines and the steps that go into their production,” said Watrelot. “Participants will get to interact with different winemakers in a manner that is virtual and also educational.”
Watrelot is partnering with Brittany Demezier, food systems program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Dubuque County. Demezier said the interest in winemaking is strong in her part of the state, with seven local wineries and several more in neighboring counties.
“There are a lot of grapes being grown here and a lot of interest in wine making,” Demezier said. “We’re hoping these sessions will help people become a more savvy consumer, and if they produce wine, a more informed winemaker.”
Each session will run 6:30-7 p.m., Wednesday nights from March 31 through May 5. Participants can attend as many sessions as they wish, and should pre-register by Tuesday at 4 p.m. to be entered into that week’s event. Register online at bit.ly/dubuquewinewednesday.
There is no event fee, although participants are expected to pay for the wine being sampled. Early registration is encouraged so arrangements can be made for the wine to be picked up or delivered.
–Iowa State University