Wild Washington yeast may hold key to reducing sugar content in wine

Creating wine is a balancing act between the quality of harvested grapes and the types of microorganisms that ferment grape juice. Too much sugar during the fermentation process means too much alcohol in the final…

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WSU student honors lost friends through fashion

Tragedy changed the path of Jansen Garside, taking him from uncertainty to his true creative calling. A 2021 graduate of Washington State University’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles, Garside chose a career in design after the deaths of several close friends put life in deeper perspective. He honors their memories in part through […]

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Study measures food insecurity in Washington families

According to the first Washington State Food Security Survey, 30% of Washington households have experienced food insecurity since the implementation of the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in March. Of those households, 59% had children living in the home. “We wanted to understand how access to food and economic security for Washington residents has […]

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Grafting watermelon prevents disease, WSU study shows

A new study from Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting helps watermelons resist disease. For more than 10 years, watermelon growers in Washington’s Columbia Basin have been struggling with a disease called Verticillium wilt, caused by the fungus Verticillium dahliae. The findings were recently published in the American Society for Horticulture […]

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WSU graduate students receive scholarships for advancing Washington wine industry

Four graduate students at Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program have been awarded scholarships from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. Award recipients Bernadette Gagnier, Margaret McCoy, Alexa McDaniel, and Arunabha Mitra, who study at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser, Wash., will be able to use their scholarship […]

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Wine alum credits WSU education, creates popular vintage port

Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, Leah Adint wanted to travel someplace new for a science degree. After graduating high school in 2005, she enrolled at WSU to pursue a degree in Viticulture & Enology. She said when it came to studying wine, WSU ticked all the boxes. Adint received the Château Ste. Michelle scholarship her […]

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Les Dames organization debuts new scholarship for WSU women in agriculture

The Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a nonprofit invitational organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, has endowed a new scholarship at Washington State University for organic and sustainable agriculture. WSU student Harmony Stephens, who is currently pursuing a degree in Organic Agriculture Systems and Soil Science, is the first recipient of the award. She said […]

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WSU’s Viticulture & Enology program to sell student-made wines online

WSU’s Viticulture & Enology program to sell student-made wines online Blended Learning wines made by Washington State University students in the Viticulture & Enology (V&E) Program are now available to order online for delivery in Washington state. The Blended Learning label emerged in 2012 during the first year that Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of the V&E […]

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