James Harbertson

Science in Paradise, Upcoming Events, Wine Cruise

Doing Science in a Phenolic Paradise “My main interest is in the kinetics and extraction patterns of phenolics during the maceration process of red winemaking,” Federico Casassa told me when I caught up with the doctoral candidate at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. It took me a minute to […]

Lemons and Lemonade, Big Prize, Wine Cruise

When Life Hands You Lemons… When life hands you lemons of any sort, said WSU enologist Jim Harbertson in a recent talk to vineyard managers and winemakers, make lemonade. The metaphorical lemons being grapes from vines infected with grapevine leafroll virus — a serious problem that is best dealt with by ripping out infected plants […]

What’s that Smell? and Other Winemaking Problems, Late Ripening

Weighing the Cost of an Ounce of Prevention The gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair began when a highly respected winemaker at a well-known winery tasted the very expensive Cabernet Sauvingon as it went to barrel. “The wine had soap bubbles and smelled ‘fishy’,” said Jim Harbertson, author of a chapter in Winemaking Problems […]

Best Paper (Yet Again!), Organic Vineyards

WSU Wine Scientists Add another Jewel to the Crown WSU scientists have a long string of Best Paper Awards from the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. And the string is getting longer. Early each year, a committee appointed by the prestigious American Society of Enology and Viticulture, which publishes the journal, reviews all the […]

Donations, New Wine Business Major, Eleventh AVA

Equipment Donations Add Value to WSU Research, Keep Facility State of the Art Students set up new filter. For more information about research projects at the WSU winery, please visit: http://bit.ly/6FQRB. For a quick video overview of the research winery, check out: http://bit.ly/11nkKL. The well-known vendor of filtering equipment for wineries, Carlson North America, has […]

New V&E Director, First Crush

International Wine Expert to Lead WSU V&E Program Thomas Henick-Kling is the new director of WSU’s program in viticulture and enology. Photo courtesy of Cornell University. Thomas Henick-Kling, an international leader in wine research and education, is the new director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program. Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, […]

WSU Opens Research Winery

PROSSER, Wash. — Washington State University now features the largest experimental, non-commercial winemaking facility in the Pacific Northwest. The research winery, which is located at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, has a production capacity of about 5,000 gallons. The new facility was designed by enologists James Harbertson and Kerry Ringer, […]