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Posted by | September 19, 2016

WSU V&E booth at the Action of Washington Wines Picnic and Barrel event featured "Chip a Cork" to raise money for V&E research
WSU V&E booth at Picnic and Barrel event featured “Chip a Cork” to raise money for V&E research

Students and Staff Represent WSU V&E at Industry Events

WSU V&E students Grant Bailey and Ian Hayes joined program director Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling at two industry events in the month of August.  Students poured tastings of WSU Blended Learning student-made wines at the Auction of Washington Wines Picnic and Barrel, Aug. 18 and the Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival, Aug. 27.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to share their experience at WSU and make connections with members of the Washington Wine Industry.  “It’s a fun way to meet people from all over the state who share common interests, ” said Hayes, a senior currently studying V&E at WSU Tri-Cities.

WSU Research Published

Does seed color influence tannins?  WSU researchers Dr. Jim Harbertson and Dr. Federico Casassa extracted tannins from both green seeds and brown seeds to determine changes in tannins druning the ripening process.  Their article, “Balancing Tannin Maturity and Extraction” was  recently published in the latest edition of Wine and Vines.

Enology certificate students get hands-on experience at 2016 wine camp.
Enology certificate students get hands-on experience at 2016 wine camp.

Fall 2016 Certificate Program Camps a Success

Did you know that WSU offers professional certificate programs in viticulture, enology and wine business management? These continuing education courses are available online with experience camps held annually, offering hands-on training and the opportunity for students to interact with faculty, researchers and their peers.

This year’s grape and wine camps were held Sept. 10-11.  At the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Wash., Grape Camp students spent time in the vineyard learning how to assess ripening, scout for disease and viruses, and estimate yields.  Wine Camp students analyzed sugars, acids, tannins and alcohol and participated in crushing exercises at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland, Wash.

Certificate coursework and camps help expand the student’s knowledge to prepare them for careers in the wine industry or enhance their current positions.   Click here for more information on viticulture and enology certificate program.


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