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In episode no. 8 of the In Vino Fabulum (#InVinoFab) podcast, Patrice and Laura learn all about the world of viticulture and enology with Dr. Justine VandenHeuvel a.k.a. @TheGrapeProf

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In episode no. 8 of the In Vino Fabulum (#InVinoFab) podcast, Patrice and Laura learn all about the world of viticulture and enology with Dr. Justine VandenHeuvel  a.k.a. @TheGrapeProf:

As an Associate Professor in the Horticulture Section, Dr. Justine VandenHeuvel is actively involved in both research and teaching. Justine’s research focuses on optimizing flavors and aromas in wine grapes, and improving both the environmental and economic sustainability of wine grape production systems in cool climates and the experiences of women in the wine industry. She teaches several undergraduate courses in Viticulture.

A few items we chatted about in this #InVinoFab episode to read more about:
- Guelph Farmers’ Market ( vs. Ithaca Farmers Market (
- Introduction to Wine (HADM 4300) is about wine (not Justine’s area of study/instruction)
- Justine Vanden Heuvel, Viticulture and Enology, Cornell University - Using NDVI Images to Optimize Vineyard Sampling Protocols [VIDEO] 
- CALS @ Cornell University
- Viticulture and Enology (V&E) 
- V&E Undergraduate Program 
- Wine Spectator: 
- Wine Advocate: 
- Master of Professional Studies Studies in Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
- How to make money and travel the world as a grape harvester on vineyards 
- Public Voices Fellowship 
- Cornell Orchards 
- Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station  
- Cultivars vs. Varieties: How Do They Differ?
- How to serve Ice wine

“Great wine truly is made in the vineyard…the best winemaker in the world cannot make a great wine from terrible grapes.” ~ Dr. Justine VandenHeuvel a.k.a.

Courses Taught in the V&E Major by Dr. VandenHeuvel: 
-Introduction to Wines and Vines (VIEN 1104)
-Growing Grapes and Making Wines Laboratory (VIEN 2205)
-Wine Culture (co-taught with a Classics) (VIEN 2810)

Possible new career options in viticulture:
-Archaeology Botanist 

Q: What are some key takeaways from lay people that we should be more aware of for wine production and appreciative of?

A: Great wine truly is made in the vineyard. It’s always the winemaker that gets the “rock star” status, not the vineyard manager. The best winemaker in the world cannot make a great wine from terrible grapes. The aromas and flavors come from the vineyard they originate from, the climate, and the different practices within the vineyard.

Q: What types of barriers and/or support did you have as a female who was entering into the world of viticulture?

A: Dr. Helen Fisher from University of Guelph was one of her early mentors in the field: and the support of a growing number of women faculty and vineyard managers who are present 

Favorite type of wine(s): Finger Lake Wines and cool climate wines from Ontario
Laura’s favorite region mentioned: Beamsville Bench

#InVinoFab Recommended Reads:
The Gardens of Pompeii: Herculaneum and the Villas Destroyed by Versuvius: Vol. 2, Appendices First Edition Edition by Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski 

Do Children in France Have a Healthier Relationship With Alcohol? by Katherine Kinzler & Justine VandenHeuvel 

Follow the work of Dr. Justine VandenHeuvel:
--Twitter: @thegrapeprof 
--YouTube Playlist: 

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