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Learn to taste, enjoy wine at WSU Tri-Cities consumer seminars

RICHLAND, Wash. — Wine tasting, the geologic history of wine and holiday entertaining are the consumer education seminars being offered this fall at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

— Understanding the Tasting of Wine, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. This class will introduce participants to the fundamentals of tasting and understanding the wine in their glass. Linda Moran, Vine to Wine radio host and long-time wine educator, will guide attendees through a tasting of wines. Moran will define wine terminology and increase paricipants’ understanding of the differences between the wines. This class is for people who want to understand and describe wines more accurately. Cost is $25.

— Washington Geologic History & Wine, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Join Alan Busacca, a WSU professor emeritus and famed geologist, as he introduces participants to the geologic history of Washington and its influence upon the wine industry. Professor Busacca is author of the PBS television program “Get the Dirt on Washington Wine” and is the geologist responsible for gaining American Viticulture Area recognition for Washington AVA’s including Red Mountain and Wahluke Slope. Following the presentation, Busacca and winemaker Robert Smasne will guide attendees through a tasting, comparison, and discussion of barrel samples and finished wines from different growing areas in the state of Washington. This is an excellent opportunity to taste and recognize the differences with guidance from some of the foremost experts in their field. Cost is $30.

— Holiday Entertaining with Wine, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Join Moran and some of her favorite winemakers as they share their signature holiday recipes and the wines to pair with them. Attendees will be able to taste two of Linda’s favorite holiday “spiced wine” recipes as well as the wines recommended by the panelists. Cost is $25.

All wine education seminars are held on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in the Consolidated Information Center (CIC), upstairs in Room 216, at 2770 University Drive, Richland.

To register, call 509-372-7394, or e-mail Registration deadline is three business days before each seminar. Participants must be 21 years or older. Go to

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