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New distilled spirits analysis earns WSU team top honors at world conference

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. » More …

Vineyard, WSU scientists team up to battle orchard virus threat

healthy vs infected grapesBy Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Resource Sciences

WAPATO, Wash. – Something in the soil was destroying Andrew Schultz’ grapevines. » More …

Grape vines exposed to smoke to test taint from wildfires

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Smoke taint study equipment runs the length of a hoop house of wine grapes at the WSU Prosser research center near WSU Tri-Cities.

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. » More …

Wine science, ag students complete studies at WSU

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. » More …

Cooperages 1912, Oak Solutions Group donate $250,000

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 …

Spanish scientist improves vineyard irrigation

PROSSER, Wash. – In much of Europe, it is illegal to irrigate wine grapes after veraison – the change of color indicating ripening – for fear of diluting brix, or sugar content. But recent research is calling into question this taboo, especially for semiarid regions like eastern Washington – and Spain.

 

In fact, a visiting scientist from Spain, Pascual Romero, is working for a year at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center at Prosser to better understand irrigation management in vineyards.

 

Romero is the lead author … » More …

Seminar explores art, science of blended wines

 

 

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 …

Local vines for local wines workshop planned

EVERETT – As more consumers support locally grown foods, WSU offers a workshop for those looking to establish new vineyards in the Puget Sound region.

 

Local Vines for Local Wines: Viticulture 101 for Western Washington will be 10 a.m.-2p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 11, at The Vineyard at Lee Farms in Silvana, Wash.

 

The workshop will cover the practical aspects of vineyard development as well as provide an overview of grapevine growth and annual practices. Topics will include grape variety and rootstock selection, types of planting stock, soil testing, canopy management, trellis and irrigation decisions, growing and harvest … » More …

Ninth annual gala benefits wine programs

The ninth annual “Celebrate Washington Wine” gala dinner and auction to benefit the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program is set to occur on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010.

To date, the annual black-tie event has netted more than $1 million to help build the WSU program that provides scientific research to support the growing wine industry in Washington and educates the next generation of winemakers and grape growers.

The event is held at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, and is known for the intimate setting and the unique and diverse selection of items, adventures and experiences offered in both silent and live auctions.

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