Students Create Wine To Help WSU V&E Program

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Seniors in Washington State University’s wine science program rolled out an exclusive wine made available for purchase during April’s Private Barrel Auction. Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s Wine Science Center, said what makes this wine variety unique is that the students started with Petit Verdot as the main component, which provide a flavor and texture the students enjoyed.

“And then we were tweaking it, adding a couple other things to it and ended up with that final blend after two tastings with the class. We loved the firm tenants in there, but the tenants are still very fine and there’s a real nice fruit added by the other couple components.”

The wine is a red blend with 60% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Merlot. Henick-Kling​ said the annual Private Barrel Auction has been a huge benefit to the Wine Science Center and the important research done at WSU.

“This actually the first time we’ve made our line in that auction and we’re very proud and very excited about it.”

The Private Barrel Auction was held April 19th and 20th, with proceeds benefiting WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program.

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