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Jazz weekend raises $170,000 to benefit WSU wine science

By Kaury Balcom, viticulture & enology

RICHLAND, Wash. – A three-day celebration of Washington wines attracted hundreds of guests from across the Pacific Northwest and raised over $170,000 to support wine research and education at Washington State University.

On June 24, more than 130 industry leaders, WSU representatives, friends and family celebrated Chas Nagel’s legacy and raised funds for a microbiology lab in his name at the WSU Wine Science Center. He was WSU’s first professor of enology and a state wine industry pioneer.

For more information, including participating wineries, partners and sponsors, see

Auction of Washington Wines 501(c)(3) will cohost another event in Woodinville, Wash., on Aug. 18-21. A portion of the proceeds will support viticulture and enology research and education through WSU. For more information, visit


Kaury Balcom, WSU viticulture & enology, 509-372-7223,



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