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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

SWMElogoPlanted in 1972 in the Columbia Valley, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard grows Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Riesling grapes.

Ste. Michelle donated the equivalent of 84 cases of sparkling wine for use by WSU researchers in the Department of Food Science. The donation was used in tasting panels for research being done on the Pullman campus.

Afghan minister talks research, wine in Prosser visit

Afghanistan’s minister of agriculture visited WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Education Center at Prosser on November 8, to learn about wine grapes, irrigation and research advances.

The minister, Assadullah Zamir, met with Naidu Rayapati, associate professor at Prosser, whose focus is wine grapes.

“He’s very keen to have collaboration,” Rayapati told the Tri-City Herald. Read the story.

Hear all about WSU’s E-tongue

WSU food scientists have an unusual new partner to help them evaluate drinks, medicines and sweeteners. It’s called the “electronic tongue.”

Click here to listen to Northwest Public Radio’s story about this cutting edge new technology. Food Science professor Carolyn Ross and her graduate students use this remarkable machine to detect different tastes in wines they’re researching.

SCRI grant in the news

WSU professor Naidu Rayapati also received a grant recently to research strengthening local grapevines. The grant, for $247,878, is from the USDA and will look at new cuttings that introduce disease to a vineyard. The program, which will last two and a half years, will allow grape growers to have cuttings tested for disease or virus. Read more about the grant here.

Barbera is a hit

The label for this year's Bleneded Learning Cabernet Sauvignon.
The label for this year’s Bleneded Learning Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Walter Clore Wine Club’s second most popular red wine is none other than WSU Blended Learning’s Barbera varietal wine! It was made by WSU V&E students and is still for sale, both through the club and at WSU Connections stores.

Along those lines, we’re bottling three more wines in the Blended Learning series: a Cabernet Sauvignon in collaboration with Sagemoor Vineyards and two Syrah wines from Hedges Family Vineyards. They should be available at the same retail outlets sometime next year.



LEARN MORE >> Explore Washington’s diverse vineyards on the Washington State Wine website.

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