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Winemaking Workshop, Research Newsletter, Expect Perfect Pairings

Posted by | May 29, 2008

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 it, Washington State University Extension has a workshop for you.

A few seats remain for this all-day workshop being offered June 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon.

Organized and led by WSU Extension enologist and assistant professor of food science Kerry Ringer, the workshop is tailored especially for maritime Washington production. Speakers include Domaine St. Michelle’s sparkling winemaker Rick Casqueiro, Extension enologist Jim Harbertson, WSU wine microbiologist Charles Edwards, Walla Walla Community College’s Mike Moyer, plus winemakers from the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association and Eastern Washington.

The morning session covers winemaking, winery equipment and costs, wine microbiology and grape selection. The afternoon session addresses winemaking with maritime Washington grapes, including sparkling wine and Pinot Noir production, sugar and acid balance, wine blending, and perspectives from local winemakers.

To register for the day-long intensive workshop, point your browser to or call 360-416-7605 for more information. Registration is $125 per person before June 2, $150 per person thereafter. The WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center is located at 16650 State Route 536 in Mount Vernon.

WSU Wine and Grape Research and Extension Newsletter

The new issue of the Wine & Grape Research and Extension Newsletter is now available

The Spring 2008 issue of Wine and Grape R&E Newsletter is out and is chock full of useful information for growers, winemakers, and winery owners.

Wine and Grape R&E Newsletter is the technically minded sibling of Voice of the Vine. Written by WSU’s world-class viticulture and enology researchers and educators, the new issue covers proposed changes to the AVA approval process, water regulation in drip-irrigated vineyards, a breakthrough in our understanding of deficit irrigation, a 2007 harvest wrap up (another banner year!), and an article on fining techniques for problem wines.

Download your copy of the new issue (as well as all the back issues) here:

Next Issue June 26

Expect Perfect Pairings

Seen any good movies lately? Check out the video companion piece to our award-winning brochure, “Expect Perfect Pairings.” The video is streaming on a You Tube channel near you:

Voice of the Vine staff members are traveling to Traverse City, Mich., next month in order to attend the Association of Communications Excellence annual meeting. There we’ll be picking up awards for On Solid Ground and “Expect Perfect Pairings,” networking with writers and media developers in the ag and natural resource fields, boning up on the latest in Web 2.0 technology and, of course, paying an open-minded visit to Michigan wine country.

We’ll back with another issue of Voice of the Vine on June 26.

In the mean time, if you’d like copies of our award-winning brochure, “Expect Perfect Pairings,” for your tasting room, wine shop or agritourism destination, we’d be happy to supply you with some. Just drop Voice of the Vine editor Brian Clark ( a line with your request and we’ll get those in the mail to you.

“Expect Perfect Pairings” covers WSU’s educational offerings (undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs), current research projects, as well as WSU’s 70-year history of outreach to the state’s growers and winemakers.

For more information on viticulture and enology at WSU, please visit:

To subscribe to On Solid Ground, WSU’s award-winning weekly agricultural and natural resource sciences news source and Voice of the Vine’s companion newsletter, please visit: