[NAFEX] Winemaking in Iowa?

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Wed Mar 3 08:37:14 EST 2004

Hi Lon,


I am hoping that both your recent books will be out in a box


"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:

> I hope the list will forgive me if this sounds commercial,
> but I just sent the manuscript for a book on using grapes
> off to my publisher.  The book contains an extensive
> chapter on grape juice including evaluations of many
> different varieties of grapes for their juice qualities
> and flavors.  How soon will it be out?  I really don't
> know, but even if all goes smoothly, I wouldn't expect it
> much before the end of the year.
>      -Lon Rombough
> Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
> http://www.bunchgrapes.com
> Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best Talent in
> Writing" award for 2003
>      I received an E-mail from Great River Vineyard
>      (a Minnesota seller of
>      hardy grapes) They gave me the URL for a course
>      in Winemaking that
>      will occur in about the middle of Iowa. I am
>      posting it because I
>      believe that within 30 years every State in the
>      lower 48 will be
>      making wine from locally grown grapes rather
>      than imported grapes and
>      they will all be fine wines..
>      http://www.ryersonwinery.com/shortcourse.html
>      Personally I'd rather see more grape juice made
>      from wine varieties as
>      occured one year when grape juice production
>      exceeded wine making
>      capacity. I've forgotten the variety I was
>      priviledged to taste but it
>      was so different from Concord that it was an
>      exciting change for me. I
>      you live in Iowa and you want to be a wine
>      maker, check it out. If
>      anyone has been making great grape juice from
>      varieties other than
>      Concord I  would like to hear about it as
>      unfermented grape juice
>      never gives me a headache.
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Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
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