Sensory Classroom, Washington State University, Richland The focus of this seminar will be on managing grapevine viral diseases for healthy vineyards, their economic impact on long-term vineyard health, wine quality and what’s needed to successfully manage viruses in the future. Lunch will include a comparison tasting of research wines made from virus-infected vines and healthy vines. In addition to presenting outcomes from virus management research, an interactive grower discussion will share practical tips to help growers control virus. Pesticide certification credits have been requested from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Target audience: Washington wine grape growers.
The Lake Chelan Wine Alliance is teaming up with WSU and the Wine Commission to bring WAVEx to north central Washington. The morning program, designed for growers, will share recent research on grape powdery mildew resistance and new sprayer technologies, with the goal of helping growers optimize spray programs. The afternoon session “Dealing with Funky Fruit” will share practical winemaking information to help wineries coax the best out of their fruit. Target audience: Washington wine grape growers and wineries
WAVE, Washington’s signature research event, will feature in-depth research findings and conclude with a wine social. Vineyard topics include an assessment of new sprayer technologies, fine-tuning irrigation strategies, and managing vineyard salinity issues. Winery topics are managing Brettanomyces in the winery, what have we learned about smoke taint, and managing tannins in the winery. WAVE will conclude with a wine social hour. Target audience: Washington wine grape growers and wineries.
WRAC Annual Meeting