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Catch the WAVE at research-focused seminar

Posted by | June 14, 2016

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Catch the WAVE at research-focused seminar
Seminar will highlight research supported by the Washington State wine industry.

SEATTLE – Registration is open for WAVE – Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology – a research-focused seminar on July 14 in Richland, Wash.

The inaugural event, sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission and the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, will be held in the Washington State University Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center. This research and education facility, to which the Washington State wine industry pledged $7.4 million to help build, opened its doors last fall with state-of-the-art laboratories, research winery and classrooms.

Viticulture research topics presented at this seminar will include advances in integrated pest management (IPM), managing viruses in Washington vineyards, powdery mildew accomplishments, and irrigation. Enology research topics include wine spoilage and Brettanomyces, tannin management, and the power of native yeasts. Pesticide certification credits have been requested from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

The goal of WAVE is to raise awareness about the value of research for grape growers and wineries. Findings from a recent survey administered by the Wine Commission reinforced the need to share the research message with the wine industry. Additionally, seminars were identified as one of the ways that wine grape growers and winemakers prefer to receive research information.

WAVE will start at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a wine social hour and tour of the Wine Science Center.

Pre-registration and payment of $15 is required. Seating is limited, so registration will be on a first-come basis. The agenda and registration details are found at: (http://www.cvent.com/d/kfqgwb) 

About WA State Wine

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the mission of the WSW is to raise positive awareness of and demand for Washington State wine through marketing and education while supporting viticulture and enology research to drive industry growth. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, the WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

Contact: Heather Bradshaw, Communications Director, (206) 326-5752, hbradshaw@washingtonwine.org