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WSU Extension Workshop: Basic Winemaking with an Emphasis on Using Maritime Grapes

Mount Vernon, Wash. – If you are a Westside winemaker, in the early phases of opening a winery, planning to open a winery, or just dreaming about it, Washington State University Extension has a workshop for you.

The all-day beginner’s workshop on winemaking is offered June 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon.

Organized and led by WSU Extension enologist and assistant professor of food science Kerry Ringer, the workshop is tailored especially for maritime Washington production. Speakers include Domaine St. Michelle’s sparkling winemaker Rick Casqueiro, Extension enologist Jim Harbertson, WSU wine microbiologist Charles Edwards, Walla Walla Community College’s Mike Moyer, plus winemakers from the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association and Eastern Washington.

The morning session covers basic winemaking, winery equipment and costs, wine microbiology and grape selection. The afternoon session addresses winemaking with maritime Washington grapes, including, sparkling wine and Pinot Noir production, sugar and acid balance, wine blending, and perspectives from local winemakers.

To register for the day-long intensive workshop, point your browser to http://learningcenters.wsu.edu/skagit/wine.html or call 360-416-7605 for more information. Registration costs $125 per person before June 2, $150 per person thereafter. The WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center is located at 16650 State Route 536 in Mount Vernon.

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Media Contacts

Kerry Ringer, WSU Extension Enologist, 509-786-9324