RICHLAND — “The Educated Aficionado: Detecting Defects in Wines” Seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 in the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 University Drive.
 
Participants will learn how to determine when and why wine is bad, as well as identifying other wine defects that can occur.
 
Cost is $35 and participants must be at least 21 years old.
 
The seminar will be led by Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program, and Richard Larsen, USDA plant pathologist at the WSU Irrigated Research & Extension Center in Prosser. Henick-Kling is an internationally recognized researcher with a focus on malolactic fermentation. Larsen specializes in detecting viruses that affect agricultural crops.
 
The seminar is the part of the Spring 2010 Consumer Wine Education Series offered by WSU Tri-Cities and the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program.
 
Preregistration is required — call 509-372-7606 or register online at http://www.tricity.wsu.edu/wine/.
 
Upcoming seminars include:
March 4 — “Oh, the Madness! Non-Traditional Blends of Red Wines”
March 18 — “Rieslings and Terroir”