WSU alumna returns as V&E department’s newest winemaker

As the newest winemaker in WSU’s Department of Viticulture & Enology, alumna Madelyn Caleron is living out her passion.

Head shot of Madelyn Calderon standing outside and wearing a black T-shirt

Student Winemakers, Wi Sci Center, Scholarships, Italy

Six Pack of WSU Students Team Up to Make Premium Wines A handful of juniors and seniors majoring in viticulture and enology at WSU Tri-Cities are engaged in a winemaking project that takes them from the vineyard to the winery and beyond. Their capstone course involves every aspect of the winemaking process, said Thomas Henick-Kling, […]

Tannins, Critics, Cold, Scholarships, Cruise

New Research Busts Tannin Additions Myth, Sparks Trans-Pacific Collaboration If you’re using tannin additions in your red winemaking process, you may well be wasting your money, according to recently published research by Washington State University enologist Jim Harbertson and Australian wine and grape researcher Mark Downey, a lead researcher at Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries. […]

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 […]

Director Meets Industry, 600 and Growing, pH Balancing

Henick-Kling Meets the State WSU V&E director Thomas Henick-Kling listens as West Side winemakers describe their operations during a meeting at WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. The new director of WSU’s Viticulture and Enology Program, Thomas Henick-Kling, is just completing a whirlwind tour of the state to get better acquainted […]

Yeast, Wine Auction

King of the Yeasts Partnering with the commercial yeast producer Lallemand, WSU food scientist Charlie Edwards and his colleagues formulated strains of yeast that can stand up to high-sugar grape musts. Top: Lallemand products. Bottom: yeast cells. Where does a great glass of wine get its start? In the vineyard, certainly, as the foundation for […]

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 […]

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, […]

Winemaking Workshop, Research Newsletter, Expect Perfect Pairings

Winemaking Using Maritime Grapes Kerry Ringer, WSU Extension enologist and assistant professor of food science, leads a basic winemaking workshop in Mount Vernon on June 30. For more information, please visit: If you are a westside winemaker, in the early phases of opening a winery, planning to open a winery, or just dreaming about […]

Westside Winemaking, Farmscaping, Partnership

Basic Winemaking Using Maritime Grapes Upcoming workshop teaches participants basic winemaking using westside Washington grapes. If you are a westside winemaker, in the early phases of opening a winery, planning to open a winery, or just dreaming about it, Washington State University Extension has a workshop for you. The all-day beginner’s workshop on winemaking is […]