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Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?

March 17, 2017 | 8-4:30 | WSU Tri-Cities, Richland

Ravenholt Lecture Series


This symposium is geared toward members of the wine and grape industry. The event will bring together researchers and industry leaders to discuss current climate trends, impacts of extreme weather events in vineyards, solutions for mitigating damage and available resources.

Hosted by the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, this educational event is a part of the Ravenholt Lecture Series, which brings grape and wine industry professionals to WSU to share their research and professional perspective. The series is made possible through an endowment from the Albert R. Ravenholt Foundation. Albert Ravenholt, an early pioneer in Washington’s wine industry, was founder of Sagemoor Vineyards.

Thank you to our planning committee members from the Climate Center at Pacific Northwest National Lab and the Washington State Wine Commission.

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Online Registration is Now Closed

For late registration, please call 509-372-7223 or email


7:30am | Registration
Continental Breakfast

8:00am | Welcome
Thomas Henick-Kling, WSU Viticulture & Enology

8:10am | Climate & Viticulture: A Global PerspectiveWhat can we learn from the world’s wine region?
Keynote: Hans Schultz, Geisenheim University

8:55am | PNW Climate Variability Mechanisms and Their Influences on Wine Grape Production
Greg Jones, Southern Oregon University

9:40 | Past and Likely Future Trends in Mountain Snowpack
Steve Ghan, Climate Center, Pacific Northwest National Lab

10:20 | Break

10:35am | WA Water Availability and Water Management
Yakima River
Derek Sandison, WSDA

Columbia River
Melissa Downes, Department of Ecology

11:25pm | Climate Change and Grapes: Not Just a Summer Affair
Markus Keller, WSU Viticulture & Enology

12:05 | Lunch

1:05pm | Vineyard Panel: How do we respond to vintage variation in the vineyard?
Kevin Corliss/Russ Smithyman, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Wade Wolfe, Thurston Wolfe Winery
Lacey Lybeck, Sagemoor Farms

1:50pm | The Sustainable Winery
Roger Boulton, UC Davis

2:25pm | Break

2:40pm | Modern Winemaking: Impacts of Alcohol on Sensory Attributes
Jim Harbertson, WSU VE Program

3:20pm | Winemaking Panel: Vineyard variation in winemaking
Jim Harbertson, WSU VE Program
Rick Small, Woodward Canyon Winery
Brian Carter, Brian Carter Cellars

4:00 | Research Panel: What tools do we have? What more do we need?
Rick Hamman, Washington State Grape and Wine Research Comittee
Melba Salazar-Guttierrez, WSU AgWeatherNet
Michelle Moyer, WSU Viticulture Extension

4:30 | Round Table: Where do we go from here?
Thomas Henick-Kling, WSU Viticulture & Enology

5:00 | Social
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center


Kaury Balcom

WSU Viticulture & Enology
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator