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Cultivating Grapes for Eating, Wine, and Juice
Saturday, October 12, 1:30-3:30pm

Instructor: J. Stephen Casscles

Come and learn about selecting and cultivating grape varieties which thrive in Massachusetts and the rest of New England, for fresh grapes, juice, or wine. The talk will cover how to select the perfect site for your vineyard, whether on a farm, suburban home, or village/city lot, as well as how to plant, prune, and manage your new vineyard, and how to harvest your grapes. The grape varieties covered will include disease resistant and cold hardy varieties,including 19th century heirloom varieties that were developed in New England, such as Agawam, Salem, and Massasoit and in the Hudson Valley, such as Jefferson, Empire State, and Bacchus, and varieties developed in France and other parts of the United States. Wines will be poured to during the class to highlight the kinds of wines that you will be able to make from these grapes.

Must be 21 years or older.

J. Stephen Casscles is an accomplished author, grape grower, winemaker, horticultural historian, and lawyer. Stephen has been a winemaker at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, in the Hudson Valley for the past 10 years, but has been making wines from grapes, apples, and other fruits for the past 40 years. In addition, he has a 12 acre fruit farm, Cedar Cliff, in Athens, NY. At Cedar Cliff, he grows over 75 different grape varieties which he evaluates for their prowess in the field and potential to make quality wines. For the past 15 years, Mr. Casscles has been concentrating on growing and evaluating 19th century Heirloom grape varieties that were developed in the Hudson Valley and on Cape Ann and Boston's North Shore. As an author, Stephen wrote "Grapes of the Hudson Valley", which includes chapters on how to make and bottle wines. Further, he writes wine and grape growing articles for regional and national horticultural and wine industry journals. His research and interest has recently expanded to include the study of grape culture and winemaking activities in Korea.
Single class scheduled on 10/12/2019 at 1:30PM
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 44.00 ea.