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2011 Vintage in Review


WSU Viticulture & Enology Program and the Washington Wine Technical Group Present:

2011 Vintage in Review


This is a half-day event designed to discuss the some times challenging 2011 vintage. The event will feature respected winemakers providing their impressions about the vintage and two technical discussions about strategies for dealing with high acid fruit and moldy or mildew infected fruit. There will be two panels at the end of each technical session and final comments by the president of the Washington Wine Technical Group. After the workshop is complete there will be a tour of the WSU Prosser Enology Winery and newly renovated laboratory with Dr. Jim Harbertson and Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling on hand to explain the new developments.


Date:  April 25, 2012

Location:  Prosser, IAREC 24106 N. Bunn Road, Prosser, WA 99350

Large Conference Room, Hamilton Hall

Time:  8:00am

Registration $10 and coffee donated by Washington Wine Technical Group
for registration please contact:  Debbie Schwenson, schwenso@wsu.edu, (509) 372-7224


8:20-8:30 AM  Introduction by Kendall Mix and Dr Jim Harbertson


8:30-9:15 AM   An Assessment of a Difficult Vintage

The speaker will discuss picking decisions and compare/contrast with previous vintages. The speaker will also provide ideas about how to identify problems and to how to adapt to them.

Speaker: Gordy Hill, Coventry Vale Winery


9:15-9:20 AM  Question and Answer Period


9:20-9:30 AM  Coffee Break


9:30-10:00 AM  Adjusting acidity by chemical and biological means

The speaker will discuss strategies for dealing with different types of acidic fruit and provide technical details about different deacidification agents.

Speaker:  Dr Jim Harbertson, WSU Prosser


10:00-10:30 AM Using Heat Treatments in the Winemaking Process

The speaker will discuss the use of heat treatments to improve phenolic extraction.

Speaker: Tim Henley, Winemaker Gordon Brothers Cellars


10:30-11:00 AM  Strategies for Dealing With Botrytis or Mildew Infected Fruit

The speaker will discuss different ways to deal with fruit infected with various molds and mildews in primarily white grapes.

Speaker: Victor Palencia, Jones of Washington


11:00-11:20 AM  Panel of Winemakers Discussing Experience With Rot

Panelists:  Jim Mills, Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Marcus Miller


11:20-11:25 AM  Question and Answer Period


11:25-11:45 AM  Wrap up with Kendall Mix and Dr Jim Harbertson


11:45-12:15 PM  Tour of winery and laboratory with Dr Jim Harbertson and Dr Thomas Henick-Kling