Winebits 172: DLW 2011: Missouri edition

Regional wine notes this week, in honor of DrinkLocalWine.com’s third annual conference this weekend — DLW 2011: Missouri, April 2-3 in St. Louis. A few tickets are still available, through the DLW website.

? Ohio college wine degrees: Kent State will offer a two-year degree in enology and viticulture, becoming the first college in Ohio to offer a wine-related degree program. Don’t be surprised — the Buckeye state has 151 wineries, putting it among the top 10 regional states in the country.

? Montana wine country? Yes, someone wants to help the state, with just 13 wineries, become a wine destination. Wines & Vines reports that Montana State extension agent Pat McGlynn, who grew up in New York ?s Finger Lakes, wants to see if cold climate hybrids like marquette and frontenac can form the basis of a Montana wine industry. She says response has been good: “People are already calling to say ?Test at my farm. ? The wine industry is sexy. Lots of people are already doing it as a hobby, and it would be a nice fit for our tourism.”

? Yes, rkatsiteli: Jacob Harkins, on the Sipping Colorado blog, offers his thoughts about grapes that might do well in Colorado, including rkatsiteli, native to the republic of Georgia on the Black Sea: “But since trying a few versions of Rkatsitli … I ?ve been sold on this grape as being one that can produce some of the best wines in Colorado, bar none.” Dr. Frank in upstate New York does a nice rkatsiteli — a dry white similar to a gewurtztraminer that likes cold weather.

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