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Wine Judges: Mid-American Wine Competition

Dr. Murli R. DharmadhikariDr. Murli R. Dharmadhikari
Extension Enologist,
Director, Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute

Dr. Murli R Dharmadhikari is an Extension Enologist, and Director of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University. He has 30 years of work experience in Midwest grape and wine industry. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and worked as a commercial winemaker for 10 years at a 25,000 gallons  winery in Indiana. During his tenure in Indiana, he produced many award winning wines from French hybrids and native American grapes, served as a wine judge in an Eastern wine competition, handled marketing promotion of wines and managed a winery business with an on premise restaurant.

He joined Missouri State University in 1986 and served as Enology Advisor and later as Director for the Mid-America Grape and Wine Center. In Missouri, he was involved in establishing a research vineyard, experimental winery, commercial winery, commercial distillery, and  a distance education workforce training program. As an advisor, he offered wine diagnostic services, organized technical meetings, workshops and international symposia. He also gave enology presentations at industry meetings in  AR, CO, KS, IA, IN, IL, MN, MO, NJ, NM, NE, OH, PA, TN, TX and  internationally in Mexico.

He conducted research on evaluation of grape wine cultivars for Midwest climatic condition and on vinification of high acid and high pH grapes. He has authored a book ‘Microvinification” and published numerous articles in industry publications.

He was elected twice and served as Chair of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Eastern Section. He is also a professional member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, and the Australian Society of Viticulture and Enology.

In his current position he is conducting research on resveratrol, developing courses in enology, offering outreach enology classes, and developing a Wine Quality Certification program for the Iowa wine industry.

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