WSU Professor Invited to Speak at International Wine Conference
The 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium was held May 26-28 in Brighton, England. Held every four years, the symposium brings together international wine leaders to present research and discuss issues that impact cool climate, wine-producing regions across the globe.
WSU Associate Professor of Wine Chemistry, Dr. Jim Harbertson, was an invited speaker, presenting on the topic, “Managing Phenolics: Interactions Between Vineyard and Winery Treatments.”
Viticulture & Enology Graduate Student Receives Competitive Scholarships
WSU Viticulture and Enology graduate student Caroline Merrell is the recent recipient of several wine industry related scholarships, including the American Society of Enology and Viticulture Scholarship and the American Wine Society Educational Foundation (AWSEF) Scholarship. In total, Merrell has received over $15,000 in scholarship funds this year.
These funds will help fund Merrell’s current research project focusing on changes to wine color and astringency over time. Using grapes harvested at different maturities, Merrell will analyze wine compounds throughout the winemaking process. She hopes that this research project will give growers and winemakers a better understanding of how harvest decisions, winemaking practices, and storing conditions affect the astringency, bitterness, and color of their wines.