Viticulture and Enology: the Science and Business of Wine at WSU

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WECO donates optical wine grape sorter for research

WOODLAND, Calif. – WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions has donated a state-of-the-art optical wine grape sorter worth $71,500 to the new Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center at the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Wash. Researchers and students at the new $23 million center will use the sorter; it also will be used at collaborating wineries to evaluate its applications.

Students, grapes converge at WSU Wine Science Center

RICHLAND, Wash. – With classes underway, students and researchers have begun processing grapes for experiments on fruit maturity and irrigation at Washington State University’s new wine center. Nine courses started Monday in the $23-million Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center located on the Tri-Cities campus. Students are studying winemaking, grape growing and other horticultural subjects.

Identifying Grapevine Fungi May Help Fight Trunk Diseases

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University have documented seven fungal species that cause cankers in grapevines. Fungi infect the wood of grapevine trunks (or cordons) through pruning wounds, resulting in cankers that enlarge over time and ultimately kill the plant. These new findings could reduce the incidence of grapevine trunk disease in Washington vineyards by preventing the problem before it becomes widespread.

WSU Tri-Cities graduate to release wine on his own label

RICHLAND, Wash. – Robb Zimmel, B.S. ’14, created 500 cases of wine in four varietals including a riesling, chardonnay, merlot and malbec. They will be available for purchase this summer from his winery Zimmel Unruh Cellars.

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Sep
3
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3:30 pm Grape Tech Group @ Horse Heaven Hills Brewery (NOT Saloon)
Grape Tech Group @ Horse Heaven Hills Brewery (NOT Saloon)
Sep 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us the first Thursday of each month! Grape Technical Group: A gathering of growers, consultants, and scientists to share information and ideas.  NEW LOCATION AND TIME FOR 2015: HORSE HEAVEN HILLS BREWERY at 3:30[...]
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8:00 am Blended Learning sparkling wine ... @ WSU Visitors Center
Blended Learning sparkling wine ... @ WSU Visitors Center
Sep 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Start your game day off right! We’ll be at the WSU Visitor Center from 8am – 10am on Saturday for a tasting of Blended Learning sparkling wines we made in partnership with Karma Vineyards to[...]
Sep
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7:00 pm A Tribute to Washington’s Senato... @ WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center Room 216
A Tribute to Washington’s Senato... @ WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center Room 216
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Instrumental in the establishment of the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus, and a champion of the Washington wine industry and nuclear energy, among other issues, Senator Max Benitz was a titan in implementing substantial changes[...]

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