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MEDIA ADVISORY: WSU Viticulture and Enology Experts, Ag Dean, Available for Interviews

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Washington State University viticulture and enology experts Carolyn Ross, assistant professor of food science, and John Reganold, Regents Professor of soil science, will be in Walla Walla May 29. Together with Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and interim director of WSU’s program in viticulture and enology, Ross and Reganold will be available for interviews starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Renaissance Room, located in the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

Carolyn Ross is an expert in the sensory and chemical analysis of wine. Using analytical chemistry techniques, she isolates and identifies specific flavor and odor compounds in her lab, complementing that analysis with the sensory evaluation and scientific measurement of a product’s sensory properties such as appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel.

John Reganold is one of the premier scientists in the world in sustainable agriculture. He has published what many consider to be the seminal article on sustainable agriculture in Scientific American, as well as numerous publications in Science and Nature.

Dan Bernardo will be meeting with industry leaders about the future of the Washington wine industry while in the area. Topics of discussion will include viticulture and enology education, research, outreach and the ongoing partnership between WSU and the wine industry.

The Marcus Whitman Hotel is located in downtown Walla Walla at 6 Rose Street.