Kerry Ringer

Workshop Offers Energy Management Skills for Wineries

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Washington State University, Winewise and the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers are offering an energy management for wineries workshop at the upcoming annual WAWGG meeting. Understanding how winemaking operations consume energy is vital for controlling costs and reducing carbon footprint. The overall goal of the workshop is to provide participants with […]

Radiant Zone Dryer Preserves Antioxidants in Dried Blueberry Powder

DALLESPORT, Wash. – An innovative technology developed by Columbia PhytoTechnology and Washington State University assistant professor of food science, Kerry Ringer, preserves health-promoting compounds in dried blueberry powder. The technology meets consumer demands for highly nutritious foods at the same time as addressing industry concerns about costs. Called the Radiant Zone Dryer, the technology was […]

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: For a quick video overview of the research winery, check out: The well-known vendor of filtering equipment for wineries, Carlson North America, has […]

Cold Hardiness, White Wine Quality

Cold Hardiness System Gives Growers a Warm Feeling Visit the Grape Cold Hardiness Web site: The site has year-round value for grape growers, including information on Powdery Mildew, precipitation, growing degree days, and evapotraspiration. Want the scientific low down on how Keller’s team is collecting cold-hardiness data? Fire up your browser and visit the […]

Research Winery, Cougs in Industry

WSU Opens Research Winery Top: Ringer (L) and Harbertson designed the new research winery in order to address questions of concern to the Washington wine industry. Middle: Harbertson plucks grapes for later chemical analysis. Bottom: Harbertson empties a box of chardonnary grapes into a press, starting the first batch of white wine in the new […]

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, […]

Tantalyzing Tannis, Puget Sound AVA

Tantalyzing Tannins Enologist James Harbertson and his colleagues have set a new standard for tannin analysis in wine. Read Harbertson et al.’s paper in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture at WSU enologist James Harbertson and his colleagues have sampled 1,300 red wines, half of them from Washington. The research team didn’t swirl, […]

“Vine to Wine” Workshop to Offer Business, Production Techniques

PROSSER, Wash. – WSU Extension viticulturists and enologists, in collaboration with wine-industry professionals, are offering a two-day intensive workshop April 12 and 13. The workshop is designed for anyone considering planting a new vineyard or establishing a winery. On day one of the workshop participants learn how to start a vineyard. Starting a vineyard is […]

Premiere Issue, Stan Clarke, The Art of the Nose, Expect Perfect Pairings

Remembering Stan Clarke When Stan Clarke died November 27, the Washington wine industry lost a pioneer and a friend. We also lost a great teacher. Starting in 2002, Clarke taught at Walla Walla Community College, where he helped build the college’s program in viticulture and enology and served as the program’s coordinator. Clarke was a […]