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RIP Northern Grapes Project (for now anyway)

For those of us who are fans of cold hard grape varietals developed by viticulturists from the universities in the Midwest such as Cornell, University of Minnesota, Michigan State, and elsewhere, this week brought some very bad news. The Northern Grapes Project, a consortium of academics, wine makers, and farmers who bonded to explore the possibilities of these cold hardy grapes as shutting down due to lack of continued governmental support. The Northern Grapes Project, about 7 years old, has been instrumental in exploring how these grapes can be grown successfully in cold climates and the resultant wines brought to market to make a profitable wine industry in regions where it was not though

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