Show Me Grape and Wine Conference

Virtual Conference

March 1-4, 2021

The Grape and Wine Institute presents the 2021 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference virtually with morning and afternoon presentations each day. Most presentations will be 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. A link will be sent two hours prior to each session start time to registered participants.


Monday, March 1

10 a.m.

Consumers, COVID, and Chaos: Building Your Sales Foundation on Shifting Sands
Doug Frost, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier

1 p.m.

Assessing the Impact of Grape Virus Infections on Hybrid Grapes Grown in Missouri
Dr. Jim Schoelz, Professor, University of Missouri

1:30 p.m.

Mealybugs in Missouri Vineyards: What’s the Problem?
Dr. Jacob Corcoran, Biological Control of Insects Research Unit, USDA–Agricultural Research Service

Tuesday, March 2

10 a.m.

Capital ‘T’ Truth: Ground-Truthing Vineyard Maps to Improve Wine Quality
Ernest “Bubba” Beasley IV, Geologist, HydroGeo Environmental

1 p.m.

Grapevine Red Blotch Virus Impacts in Oregon: Research, Observations, and Practical Conclusions
Dr. Patty Skinkis, Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Wednesday, March 3

10 a.m.

Managing Weeds in Vineyards; Should I Wait Until I See Them?
Dr. Reid Smeda, Professor, University of Missouri

1 p.m.

Crown Gall: Facts, Prevention, Diagnostics, and Management
Dr. Wenping Qiu, Professor, Missouri State University

Thursday, March 4

10 a.m.

Grafting in Grapevines: History and Future Applications
Dr. Allison Miller, Professor, Saint Louis University

1 p.m.

Winemaking: Getting Back to Basics
Michael Jones, Scott Laboratories


Doug Frost
Doug Frost

Doug Frost is a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, as well as an author and wine consultant based in Kansas City, Missouri. Frost is one of four individuals in the world to hold simultaneously the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles. According to USA Today, “Frost likely knows as much as anyone in the world about how to make, market, serve and identify wines.” The Wine Spectator has bestowed the accolade of Master of Spirits on Frost. Frost co-founded BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource), a spirits and cocktail educational organization. Frost was awarded Beverage Innovator of the Year 2009 by Cheers Magazine. He continues to teach and examine for BAR and within the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine programs. In the past, Frost was a fine wine wholesaler and importer for 14 years and represented many of the best wineries and estates from around the world. For the last 15 years, Frost has been a United Airlines global wine and spirits consultant. He also consults with many retailers, restaurateurs, wineries, and distillers for marketing, merchandising, sales, education, and sensory perception.

Frost has authored multiple books — “Uncorking Wine," “On Wine,” and “Far From Ordinary: The Spanish Wine Guide” — and is a contributing author and editor for many other publications, including the upcoming “Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” due to be released in 2021. Frost is the creator and host of the award-winning KCPT-TV hosted short series called “FermentNation,” and previously hosted “Check Please, Kansas City!”, and appears as a featured judge on PBS’s “The Winemakers.” He is the founder and director of the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition and is head judge and founder of the Mid-American Wine Competition.

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Dr. Jim Schoelz
Jim Schoelz

Dr. James Schoelz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. He received his PhD in plant pathology at the University of Kentucky and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University before joining the faculty at the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1987. His primary teaching responsibility is in teaching Introductory Plant Pathology. Schoelz has an active research program focused on how plants recognize and defend themselves against plant virus infections, as well as how plant viruses cause symptoms in their hosts. He has nearly 40 years of experience working on diseases caused by a variety of plant viruses. Schoelz became a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society in 2016.

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Dr. Jacob Corcoran
Jacob Corcoran

Jacob Corcoran moved to Missouri in February 2020. He earned his doctorate in New Zealand, studying the chemical ecology of agricultural pest insects. He then worked as a research scientist at Lund University in Sweden, where he expanded his research into the molecular aspects of the insect olfactory system. After that he returned to the US to work for the USDA–Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis, Oregon, where he applied his skillset to combating insect pests of vineyards and berry farms. He is currently working as a scientist for the USDA–ARS in the Biological Control of Insects Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri, where his research focuses on developing new technologies to control and monitor agricultural pest insects.

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Ernest “Bubba” Beasley IV
Bubba Beasley

Many of your wins and losses as a grower are caused by what’s going on under your feet. The problem is, you can’t see underground and that can be really unnerving. Smart winegrowers know they can’t plant based on aesthetics alone. They do their homework to figure out the best places to plant and the best way to design their vineyard to produce a legacy of premium wine.

Beasley's team uses earth science and subsoil scanning technology to map terroir zones in new and existing vineyards. They are able to map in a matter of days what took the early monks of Burgundy centuries to do. This presentation will introduce valuable tools and soil info you need to grow the best wine your site is capable of producing.

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Dr. Patty Skinkis
Patty Skinkis

Dr. Patty Skinkis conducts applied research and provides outreach and education programs for the Oregon winegrape industry. Her research program focuses on applied viticulture and whole plant physiology studies designed to understand causes and management of vine vigor/vine balance and impacts on fruit composition and wine quality. Her research also includes work on yield (from bud fruitfulness to crop thinning and vine balance), fine-tuning canopy management methods, sustainable viticulture production, and understanding factors that drive industry production decision-making. As extension specialist, Skinkis develops educational programs and informational publications for the industry statewide. Her outreach efforts include bringing industry members together in technical groups to foster information exchange between the university and industry. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate level viticulture courses at Oregon State University. Her efforts expand beyond Oregon, as she is a member of the National Clean Plant Network – Grapes advisory board, is an associated editor or the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture and Catalyst Journal, and is President of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture 2020-2021.

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Dr. Reid Smeda
Reid Smeda

Dr. Reid Smeda is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. His responsibilities include teaching weed science courses for undergraduates and graduate students. His research program encompasses biology and management of problem weed species in agronomic crops, physiology and mechanism(s) for weed species resistant to herbicides, control of invasive species in non-crop and industrial vegetation management habitats, and response of horticultural crops to off-target movement of herbicides. Smeda has an active graduate education program, having trained over 30 MS and PhD students. This has led to more than 70 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous book chapters.

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Dr. Wenping Qiu
Wenping Qiu

Dr. Wenping Qiu is research professor in the W. H. Darr College of Agriculture at Missouri State University. His research group focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of disease resistance in grapevines and finding effective strategies for preventing and managing diseases that cause significant losses to grape industry. His team discovered the first DNA virus, grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV), on grapevine; unveiled natural reservoirs of GVCV; found insect vector of spreading GVCV; and reported that Norton and Chambourcin are resistant against GVCV. Norton-Cabernet Sauvignon hybrids have been evaluated and new varietal wines have been produced in his research program. He directs the Midwest Center of National Clean Plant Network-Grapevine that provides virus-tested clean grapevines and services of testing viruses. Qiu received his PhD degree in plant pathology from North Carolina State University in 1997. He is also an adjunct faculty in the Division of Plant Sciences in the University of Missouri and in China Agricultural University.

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Dr. Allison Miller
Allison Miller

Allison Miller is a professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University and a member and principal investigator at the Danforth Plant Science Center. She is a research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Her research program focuses on understanding evolution and plasticity in perennial (long-lived) crops and emerging perennial candidates for domestication. The long-term goals of her work are to improve existing perennial crops and to develop new ones to support sustainable agricultural systems. Ongoing projects focus on grapevines, perennial, herbaceous grasses, legumes, and sunflower relatives. Originally from the Chicago area, Allison became passionate about plants through trips to nearby prairie patches and summer vacations in northern Wisconsin. She earned BS and MS degrees in Botany from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Colorado State University respectively, and holds a PhD in ecology, evolution, and population biology from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children. More information is available on the Miller Lab website at or on twitter @ajmiller4233.

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Michael Jones
Michael Jones

Michael came on board with Scott Laboratories in 2007 with more than 35 years of winemaking experience under his belt. Since then, he has shared his wealth of knowledge with North America by traveling extensively to trade shows and seminars throughout the country, many times as a speaker. A UC Davis graduate, Michael has lived and worked in Burgundy, France, and the Hunter Valley, Australia. Domestically, Michael built his experience at Novavine, Hanzell Vineyards, and Caymus Vineyards. He also spent 19 years at Domaine Chandon, where he put on a multitude of hats and was involved with the vineyards, operations, winemaking, laboratory, and was part of the team that established the Wine Education program. Prior to his start in the wine industry, Michael spent a year traveling cross-country by freight train, stopping to work on a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, pitch hay in San Antonio, and sell art in New Orleans.

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