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

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Chateau Ste. Michelle partners with local restaurants to support future Pacific Northwest grape growers and winemakers

Washington’s founding winery Chateau Ste. Michelle is partnering with Washington restaurants to support the eighth-annual Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship program to benefit viticulture and enology programs at Washington State University and other Northwest universities. More than 300 restaurants will participate in the program that runs now through the end of December 2015.

Enology certificate students attend first camp at WSU Wine Science Center

Thirty-two students in the Washington State University enology certificate program met their peers and professors face-to-face for the first time during a weekend of winemaking lab activities and lectures held at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center September 12-13, 2015.

New Study Shows Growing Economic Impact for Washington State’s Wine Industry

SEATTLE, Wash. – Wine sales and production in Washington State are growing, reports a new study released today by Washington State Wine. The study details the economic and fiscal impacts of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the effect of jobs, labor income and business revenues directly supported by wine and related activities such as tourism. The total economic impact of the Washington State wine industry was $4.8 billion in 2013, up from $3.5 billion in 2009.

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.

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