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New distilled spirits analysis earns WSU team top honors at world conference
June 26, 2017

distilled spirits analysis bottlesBy Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Washington State University recently took home top honors in the research poster competition at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, for research on a technique typically used to evaluate the characteristics of wine.

Grape vines exposed to smoke to test taint from wildfires
August 16, 2016

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wine grapes may appear fine after a harsh wildfire season. But if grapes have smoke taint, the finished wine may taste and smell awful – an unpleasant surprise for growers and wine lovers alike.

Wine science, ag students complete studies at WSU
May 27, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

WSU-viticulture-and-enology-student-80PULLMAN, Wash. – There’s a growing demand for graduates in agriculture, and students who invest two years at Walla Walla Community College or Yakima Valley Community College can transfer to several ag degree programs at Washington State University.

Cooperages 1912, Oak Solutions Group donate $250,000
September 17, 2013

Cooperage 1912 and Oak Solutions logos



NAPA, Calif. – Sister companies Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group has announced that they will donate $250,000 to the Wine Science Center under development at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The companies — which provide  premium wine barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins to winemakers throughout the world — are making a joint donation through the Boswell Family Foundation. 

“This project struck a chord with our family, as it is important to us to give back to worthy educational institutions in our industry,” said Brad Boswell, … » More …

Seminar explores art, science of blended wines
February 18, 2011



RICHLAND – The art and science of balancing wines to create an award-winning blend will be explored March 3 at a consumer seminar held at WSU Tri-Cities.
This is a unique opportunity to taste the various component wines and then sample selected blends for both red and white wines. The seminar is led by Thomas Henick-Kling, Ph.D., director of the WSU Viticulture and Enology programs, and Micky French, winemaker at Barnard Griffin Winery.
The Blended Wines seminar starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Consolidated Information Center at 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. … » More …

Eighth annual “A Celebration of Washington Wines”
December 2, 2008

PULLMAN – Some of the most popular items from January’s “A Celebration of Washington Wines” gala auction will be back on the auction block next January, along with some exciting new offerings.

Etched magnums, collectible cabernets and syrahs, exclusive dinners and wine tastings, exciting adventures and romantic getaways are among the items that will be up for bid at the eighth annual “A Celebration of Washington Wines” auction on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 6 p.m. The black-tie event held at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville will include a reception, silent and live auctions, and a … » More …

Wine expert to lead viticulture, enology
October 6, 2008

Thomas Henick-Kling, photo courtesy of Cornell University

PULLMAN – Thomas Henick-Kling, an international leader in wine research and education, is the new director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program.


Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, announced the appointment today. Henick-Kling is scheduled to assume his new responsibilities on a full-time basis in March 2009.


“Dr. Henick-Kling is a scientist, educator and advocate of the highest caliber,” Bernardo said. “He has led the development of viticulture and enology programs at Cornell and in Australia, … » More …

WSU pursues endowment for viticulture and enology chair
January 17, 2007

PULLMAN  – WSU is launching a $1.5 million fundraising campaign to create the position of Endowed Chair of Viticulture and Enology. “This endowment will be used to attract a world-class leader for this growing program,” said Dan Bernardo, CAHNRS dean.  “We intend to recruit not only an internationally recognized scientist, but an individual with the expertise to expand research and marketing activities within the program.” Fundraising for the endowment will begin with the sixth annual Celebration of Washington Wines auction being held Jan. 27 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville.  All proceeds from the sold out event will go directly to the viticulture and … » More …