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

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Students, grapes converge at WSU Wine Science Center

By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology 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 […]

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 […]

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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 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Western Washington – Fall Vineya... @ Allen Fire Station
Western Washington – Fall Vineya... @ Allen Fire Station
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hands-on workshops about establishment and seasonal management of vineyards in western Washington will be offered in spring, summer and fall in and near Bow, Wash., by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension. Cost per workshop[...]

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