CCOVI turns over a new leaf

Barb Tatarnic, continuing education co-ordinator and managing director for the Canadian Wine Library, explains the wine cellar and Canadian Wine Library.The mood at Inniskillin Hall was celebratory on Dec. 1 as the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) opened its doors to the public.Academics, community members and people in the wine industry gathered at an open house to hear about the changes that have taken place at CCOVI over the last decade. Most notable is the institute’s shift to include non-scientific research areas, such as wine industry marketing and how to better promote Ontario wines.A painting donated by Gerald Schwartz and Donald Ziraldo“We’re excited to expand the mandate of the institute to address research issues in marketing, wine culture, agri-tourism and policy that can assist the grape and wine industry,” said Debbie Inglis, CCOVI director and researcher.Nine new fellows and professional affiliates were added to CCOVI’s roster. They were:Jeffrey Stuart, fellow, associate professor of Biological SciencesGeorge Van der Merwe, fellow, associate professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of GuelphMaxim Voronov, fellow, assistant professor of Marketing, International Business and StrategyWendy McFadden-Smith, professional affiliate, tender fruit and grape IPM specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural AffairsDaryl Somers, professional affiliate, research chair in Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology, Vineland Research and Innovation CentreVincenzo De Luca, fellow, professor of Biological SciencesDon Cyr, fellow, associate dean, Faculty of BusinessDirk De Clercq, fellow, associate professor of ManagementPeter Roberts, fellow, associate professor of Organization and Management, Emory UniversityDonald Ziraldo, founder of Inniskillin Wines and Ontario wine industry pioneer, presented an oil painting of Inniskillin icewine. Visitors toured CCOVI’s various labs, including labs devoted to sensory research and fermentation.CCOVI has worked with the grape and wine industry on numerous issues in recent years, including minimizing winter damage to grapevines and combatting the Asian lady beetle, Inglis said. It has also studied sensory and consumer science as it applies to increasing wine sales.“It feels rewarding that over 10 years, we’ve been able to work closely with industry stakeholder groups on their priority issues.”Stephanie Martin, a post-doctoral researcher, explains one of CCOVI’s research labs.

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