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Enology certificate students attend first camp at WSU Wine Science Center

By Erika Holmes, Viticulture and Enology Program communications

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.

Hailey Minder pours wine for analysis in the wine chemistry lab at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center during the first enology certificate wine camp held at the new facility.
Hailey Minder pours wine for analysis in the wine chemistry lab at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center during the first enology certificate wine camp held at the new facility.

The camp provided students with experience crushing grapes, using and maintaining winery equipment, and conducting lab analyses for wine acidity, pH, individual acids and sugar concentration.

Students found the weekend educational and also enjoyed networking with instructors, fellow students and wine industry professionals, as noted in their anonymous evaluations:

“The enology facility is amazing, and it was great to be part of ‘breaking it in.’ I appreciate [Dr. Jim Harbertson’s] approach to teaching; he makes difficult concepts clear and is always open to questions. … Theresa [Beaver] does an outstanding job as coordinator, addressing all challenges with grace and diplomacy! I am really enjoying the program!”

“I had a great time. I was worried about the chemistry portions and actually doing the lab work, but [Dr. Harbertson] made it very approachable and fun.”

“It exceeded my expectations. I was expecting long, drawn-out lectures of subjects we already watched online. But it wasn’t. The labs were eye-opening and explanations made sense.”

Earn a professional certificate in viticulture or enology

The WSU viticulture and enology certificates are non-credit, professional programs tailored for busy people interested in the grape-growing and winemaking industry. Students complete a series of online courses taught by WSU faculty and leaders in the Washington grape and wine industry over a two-year period. Participants of both certificate tracts attend three weekend camps in Prosser, Pullman or Richland.

LEARN MORE >> Visit the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program website or contact Theresa Beaver, 509-335-3446.