Meeting February 9 -

Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery

Bush, Louisiana

The Louisana Gulf Coast IFT meeting will be held at the Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery on Februrary 9, 2001. The Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery is one of six farm wineries in Louisiana. The meeting will start at 4:00 pm at the winery. It will begin with a tour of the processing facilities and the vineyard, followed by wine tasting and dinner. The seminar presentation by John Seago will discuss the history of wine making in Louisiana, wine health benefits, Louisiana foods and wine, and the potential for a thriving wine industry in the state.

Meeting Highlights

Tour vineyard and winery

Taste 8 Louisiana made wines:

- BEAU SOLEIL - Seyval (85%), Vidal Blanc (15%)

- LE TROLLEY - Blanc Du Bois (100%)

- LOUIS D'OR - 100% Barrel Fermented Seyval

- CREOLE BLANC - Pontchartrain Cuvee

- ROUX SAINT LOUS - Tanque IX Vidal Blanc (85%), Seyval (15%)

- ROUGE MILITAIRE - Cynthiana/Norton (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)

- CRIOLLA ROSSO - Cabernet Sauvignon

Group discussion on wine health benefits

Presentation on Louisiana wine making history and future potential

Louisiana food and wine

Dinner reservations: $22.00 if paid by February 6; $25.00 after February 6. Students $11.00.


4:00 - 5:00 pm Vineyard and Winery Tour

5:00 - 6:00 pm Wine Tasting (8 wines)

6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner and Wine (Wine with dinner offered at $4.00 per glass)

7:30 - 8:00 pm Seminar Presentation

The Gulf Coast Section will maintain a list of jobs available through IFT at the Newsletter Offices. Contact Mary An Godshall for info. We will eventually plan to have these listings on our web site.

Our Speaker

John V. Seago

John V. Seago is the founder, president, general manager and winemaker of Pontchartrain Vineyards. His interest in grape cultivation and wine making began during his 3-1/2 year service in Germany with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He planted his first experimental vineyard north of Folsom, Louisiana, in 1978, and bottled his first wine in 1979. In 1992, he withdrew entirely from the practice of law to devote his full time to the management and development of the business affairs of Pontchartrain Vineyards.

John learned viticulture and wine making primarily by cultivating French-American hybrid grapes in Louisiana and producing wines from them over the last 20 years. His education in the disciplines and craft of wine making was significantly enhanced during the 1-1/4 year tenure of the Roseworthy Wine College trained Australian wine maker, Simon Thistlewood, at Pontchartrain Vineyards in 1995 and 1996. He also completed courses at the University of California, Davis, in wine processing and the sensory evaluation of wine, and has attended seminars on Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology in California. John regularly attends conferences and seminars relating to wine growing and production and marketing. He has participated in conferences with research scientists and professionals involved in southern grape growing. He is an associate member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.

The Winery and Vineyards

Pontchartrain Vineyards is located approximately 140 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and 20 miles north of Lake Pontchartrain in the first hills arising out of the flat coastal plain of south Louisiana. The vineyard is 150 feet above sea level and has well drained, sandy loam soils from the Savannah and Ruston series of the soils of the upland terraces.

A 2,400 square foot winery building at the vineyard site has a French provincial style tasting room and visitors' center overlooking the vineyards. Current production is approximately 6,800 gallons or about 2,850 cases of wine. Pontchartrain Vineyards wines have been awarded numerous medals in both national and international wine competitions over the last several years and are well represented in the finer eating establishments and wine stores in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Northshore areas.






Please reserve __________dinners Total enclosed:___________

$22.00 before Feb. 6; $25.00 after Feb. 6; students $11.00

Deadline for registration is Feb. 6.

Return with payment to Sola Lamikanra, 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.,

New Orleans, LA 70124 (Phone: 504-286-4278; Fax: 504-286-4419)

You can also e-mail your registration to: sola@nola.srrc.usda.gov


Pontchartrain Vinyards

81250 Old Military Road

Bush, LA

Dinner includes:

Mesclun Greens


House Dressing

Coq au Vin

(Chicken, onions and


braised in fresh herbs

and red wine)

English Lemon Tart

Louisiana Gulf Coast Section Receives Certificate of Merit

Our LA Gulf Coast Section received the Certificate of Merit from IFT for excellence in programming during the 1999-2000 program year.

The letter of notification said that special consideration is given to innovative programming, scholarship programs and career guidance activities, and financial reports are reviewed for fiscal responsibility.

In order to be eligible, we had to submit our annual program report, which must have three meetings minimum and 75% of our membership must also be members of the national IFT and our annual finanacial report.

I have the certificate in my office if anyone would like to see it.

Joan King, Chair



tarting from: 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans

Distance: 49.3 miles; approximate travel time 1 hour 26 minutes.

Destination: 81250 Old Military Road, Bush

1. Start out going west on Robert E. Lee Blvd., by turning left

2. Robert E. Lee Blvd. becomes Hammond Hwy

3. Turn left onto Lake Avenue

4. Turn right onto West Esplanade Avenue

5. Turn right onto North Causeway Blvd. (Toll Bridge)

6. Cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

7. Continue on North Causeway Blvd after the bridge, for 2.9 miles

8. Stay straight to go onto US-190W, for 5.6 miles

9. Turn right onto North Lee Road/LA 437, continue for 6.7 miles

10. Turn right onto LA-1081, continue for 1.3 miles

11. Make a sharp left onto Pat O'Brien Road, go for 1.8 miles

12. Turn left onto Old Military Road, continue for 2.1 miles


Starting from: Baton Rouge

Distance: 79.4 miles; approximate travel time 2 hours.

Destination: 81250 Old Military Road, Bush


1. Start out going East on US-190 BR/US-61 towards

US-190 BR W/US-61 BR N by turning 3.4


2. Take the US-61 South ramp towards New Orleans 0.3

3. Merge onto US-61 S 2.3

4. Take the I-12 East ramp towards Hammond 0.2

5. Merge onto I-12 E 56.4

6. Take the LA-21 exit, exit number 59, towards Covington/Madisonville 0.2

7. Keep left at the fork in the ramp 0.0

8. Turn left onto LA-21 N 1.2

9. LA-21 N becomes S Tyler St/LA-21 2.0

10. Turn right onto W 21st Ave/US-190 BR/LA-21 0.5

11. W 21st Ave/US-190 BR/LA-21 becomes E. Boston St/US-190 BR/LA21 0.3

12. Turn left onto N Columbia ST/LA-437 0.6

13. Turn right onto W 30th Ave/LA-437 0.2

14 W 30th Ave/LA-437 become N Lee Road/LA-437 6.7

15. Turn rright onto LA-1081 1.2

16. Turn sharp left onto Pat O'Brien Road 1.8

17. Turn left onto Old Military Road 2.1