This weekend, my husband, Randy, and I attended the Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Annual meeting, held in Emporia this year. Randy was President of the organization in 2008, and we had a marvelous time at the event.
Some of the highlights were: The amateur winemakers' competition; this year 72 wines were in competition. The KGGWA does award actual metal neck-hanger medals in bronze silver, and gold. John Oswald, of the KGGWA worked very hard on this event and it was very well run and very well attended. Terry Turner also provided a lot of hard work for the hard workering amateur winemakers. Contact Randy or Rebecca Storey at Windswept Winery, and plan to enter your fabulous wines in the 2009 competition...or go to www.kansasgrapesandwines.com and see the rules and forms for this year. 2009 forms will be posted there, when they are available, as well.
The conference speakers this year were a stellar bunch: Dr. Bruce Reisch from Cornell in New York, Dr. Keith Streigler from the University of Missouri, Andy Allen from the University of Missouri, and Doug Moorhead from Presque Isle in Michigan, provided some of the highlights, along with Rebecca Ford-Lampoor from Missouri, Susie Pryor, Pat Murphy (KSU) and George Blush. The Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control division also sent a host of personnel to answer questions on Winery rules and regulations. Hats off to Joanne Kuhlman and Terry Turner for a fabulous conference, and the gourmet meal that followed paired with fabulous Kansas Wines was a true treat.
This conference gave everyone new insights, and charged us up for another fabulous year in Kansas wines.