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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.

Harnessing wild yeasts to produce refined wines

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wine comes from grapes, but the alcohol comes from yeast. Most wine is made by fermenting grapes with specifically chosen species of yeast, leading to predictable wines for vintners. But wild yeasts grow naturally on grapes, and researchers at Washington State University are looking to find what impact those wild yeasts have […]

WSU Dedicates New Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University today dedicated its new wine science center here and announced that the center will bear the name of its top supporter. “For more than 25 years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has supported the WSU wine program with their own contributions as well as shepherding support from others,” said WSU […]

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Upcoming Events

all-day Washington State Wine Month @ Washington State
Washington State Wine Month @ Washington State
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day
Washington State Wine Month @ Washington State
During August, many local restaurants, retailers, hotels and wineries run promotions to celebrate our state’s award-winning wine industry. As August draws near, start checking out the Tagboard for Washington State Wine Month offers, promotions and[...]
3:30 pm Grape Tech Group (Formerly Field... @ Horse Heaven Hills Brewery (NOT Saloon)
Grape Tech Group (Formerly Field... @ Horse Heaven Hills Brewery (NOT Saloon)
Aug 6 @ 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[...]
all-day Sip. Savor. Swirl. 3 Days, 3 Way... @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
Sip. Savor. Swirl. 3 Days, 3 Way... @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
Aug 13 – Aug 15 all-day
 Sip. Savor. Swirl. 3 Days, 3 Ways to let your palate run wild with the best of Washington wines! @ Chateau Ste. Michelle | Woodinville | Washington | United States
Benefit the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program and Seattle Children’s Hospital by enjoying the Auction of Washington Wines’ August 2015 events! Picnic & Barrel Auction Thursday, August 13, 5 p.m. Chateau Ste. Michelle[...]

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