COLUMBIA — An MU wine institute is ready to give its experimental concoctions a taste test.
The school's Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology is hosting a group of wine experts today for a full-day tasting of more than 25 varieties of wine created from a batch of new grape cultivars.
The institute tests the cultivars to see which varieties best suit the state's soils and climate. Participants include grape growers, wine producers, food writers, educators and other wine enthusiasts as well as members of the state Wine and Grape Board.
Missouri was one of the nation's leading wine producers before Prohibition and has seen a resurgence in new vineyards in recent years.