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Jim Harbertson

Research Interest: Wine Chemistry

Research interests are focused on the phenolic compounds found in grapes and wine and their biochemical and chemical changes during grape ripening, winemaking and aging. Example projects include understanding the variability of tannin found in red wine cultivars and the ultimate relationship between tannin, polymeric pigments and astringency. Harbertson works with wineries to solve simple and difficult problems.

Primary Departmental Program Area

Wine Chemistry and Production, with special emphasis on phenolic compounds found in grapes and wine and their biochemical and chemical changes during grape ripening, winemaking and aging (60% research, 40% extension)

Areas of Expertise

Phenolic compounds and their quantification; Wine Production; Wine Chemistry; Fermentation and Rectification

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Associate Professor of Enology
WSU Wine Science Center
359 University Dr., Room 249C
Richland, WA 99352
509-372-7506
FAX 509-372-7225
jfharbertson@wsu.edu