Wine Minute: Washington Research Projects

The Washington state Wine Commission recently announced nearly $1 million for research efforts. The Commission’s Melissa Hansen takes a look at some of the projects that will receive funding. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Building Better Spray Workshop Registration Deadline Is Monday

Washington and Oregon grape growers interested in registering for the early April “Building Better Spray Programs for Vineyards” workshop have until Monday, March 28th to do so. Event organizers say the hands-on workshop is designed to help growers develop a spray program that not only prevents grapevine disease but also manages fungicide resistance. Washington State […]

WSU, Clore Center Announce Partnership

Washington State University has announced a partnership to provide wine and culinary education at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, which is run in part by the Port of Benton. WSU’s Maegan Murray, says this is a natural partnership. “We are the educational side of things so we’ll be offering sensory classes and wine business classes […]

AWW 34th Gala A Success In Many Ways, Peha Says

During last months’ 34th annual Gala, Auction of Washington Wines raised $2.2 million for Seattle Children’s Hospital as well as Washington State University Viticulture and Enology program. AWW Executive director, Jamie Peha said their goal this year was to raise 25% more compared to 2020, which they did successful. “The main purpose of AWW is to […]

UC Davis Review Looks At How Machines Help Wine Grape Industry Survive Labor Shortage

Wine grape growers, like most of the farming economy, are facing increased labor costs and labor shortages, which make it difficult to manage and harvest a vineyard while maintaining profitability. A new review by researchers at UC Davis takes a look at how growers can best utilize existing equipment. Kaan Kurtural, professor of viticulture and […]

Oregon State, Washington State Students ASEV Recipients

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture recently distributed 30 scholarships to college students nationwide, to a tune of $88,750. ASEV said this financial support will help the students, and the industry, in their pursuit of scientific research and advancement in enology or viticulture. Here is the complete list of winners across the United State […]

Goose Gap Named Washington’s Newest AVA

Washington now has 19 American Viticultural Areas. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made the announcement last week. The Goose Gap AVA is made up of 8,129 acres, wholly located within the Yakima Valley AVA and the larger Columbia Valley AVA. There are currently 1,800 acres of wine grapes split between two commercial […]