Ohio State Enologist
Todd Steiner has been with The Ohio State University/OARDC for 23 years, and has been the leader of the Enology program since 2001. He serves as the state Enologist to the Ohio commercial wine industry with both research and extension responsibilities.
Todd received a B.A. in Biology from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He went on to specialize in enology under the direction of Dr. Jim Gallander at The Ohio Sate University/OARDC. His research and extension efforts are focused on various vineyard cultural practices in addition to enological procedures including both yeast and malolactic studies enhancing wine quality and consistency for the Ohio grape and wine industry.
Extension responsibilities include co-organizing the annual Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, coordinating the annual Ohio Wine Competition, organizing state workshops, and being a featured presenter at both in-state and out-of-state meetings.
Winery consultation is also a very important aspect of his responsibilities in extension. Todd is also responsible for initializing a wine analysis program in working with quality control and troubleshooting for the Ohio commercial wine industry. He has helped develop the groundwork for the Ohio Quality Wine Program (OQW) that started with wines being evaluated in 2007. Todd has also been honored in being asked to judge in numerous National and International wine competitions throughout the United States. He recently served on the Board of Directors for The American Society of Enology and Viticulture–Eastern Section (ASEV-ES).
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