Professor to discuss Nebraska wine industry in new documentary

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Professor to discuss Nebraska wine industry in new documentary

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Professor of agronomy and horticulture Paul Read will offer his expertise on winemaking in the Midwest in a new documentary, “Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine,” premiering at 8:30 p.m. May 2 on NET.

Paul Read
Paul Read

Read, whose research interests include improving tissue culture for fruit crops and vineyard management issues, will discuss the history of wine in Nebraska and the state’s current flourishing industry.

“We have had very, very good success with a range of grape cultivars that respond very well to Nebraska’s soils and climate. And of course, in the hands of a good winemaker, they come out very high quality wines,” said Read.

Nearly 40 vineyards are currently operating within the state. “Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine” will feature James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, Nebraska; Niobrara Valley Vineyards in Nenzel, Nebraska; and Deer Springs Winery near Lincoln, Nebraska.

The documentary will also uncover Nebraska’s first winemakers, the halt in production after prohibition was enacted in 1920, and a law enacted 65 years later that helped spur the opening of vineyards statewide.

“Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine” repeats on NET at 5 p.m. May 5, 9 p.m. May 6 and 5 p.m. May 11.

For more information, contact Kim Rogers at 402-660-5521 or krogers@netNebraska.org.

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