Wine basics topic of WSU Tri-Cities seminars

RICHLAND — Wine tasting basics, the U.C. Davis Aroma Wheel, and the concept of terroir are the topics of three consumer education wine seminars being offered this spring at WSU Tri-Cities.

Each of the two-hour sessions will be held the WSU Tri-Cities campus in the Consolidated Information Center (CIC), upstairs in Room 216, at 2770 University Drive, Richland. Register and pay online at

• Getting To Know Wine, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27
This unpretentious and down-to-earth session is designed for the beginner. A guided tasting of six wines will help attendees learn how to taste and more accurately describe wine.  Common misconceptions will be clarified and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and identify their personal tastes.

Cost is $30.
• The Aroma Wheel, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24
It is a well-known fact that our ability to perceive flavor comes largely from our sense of smell. Therefore, the science of smell as it pertains to wine is essential to our understanding and appreciation. In this session, attendees will utilize the Aroma Wheel developed by University of California Davis Professor Ann Noble as a guide to finding fragrance and taste in a glass of wine.

Cost is $35 and includes an Aroma Wheel. This session is limited to 50 participants.
• From the Earth to the Table, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22
Discover what everyone in the wine industry believes is one of Washington’s greatest assets: its terroir. The very idiosyncrasies making one vineyard unique from another also make one wine taste different from the other. Terroir is a science in the world of wine. Learn the differences between organic, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture as it pertains to the growing of grapes. Attendees will be guided through a tasting of wines with a focus on the unique qualities that are attributed to where the grapes were grown. Cost is $30.

In addition to the option of registering online, participants can register or get more information by calling 509/372-

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