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Fresno State Researchers Investigate Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes to Help Define Thresholds

Viticulture and enology researchers from multiple universities have been feverishly working with the western wine grape industry to learn more about how wildfire smoke impacts developing wine grapes. The hope is to develop some form of industry standard threshold for smoke taint, so that wine grapes will not be rejected at the winery unless they have truly been compromised.  Watch …

Washington WAVE Seminar

The Washington wine industry’s signature research event—Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE)—comes back live at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center on Wednesday, July 27 from 1:00-4:30 pm. The half-day seminar will share results of recently completed research: freeze impact on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and wine, irrigating white wine varieties, and new discoveries from smoke research. …

Multi-State Smoke Impact Research Project Update

Join project leads Drs. Tom Collins (WSU), Anita Oberholster (UC Davis), and Elizabeth Tomasino (OSU) for the hour long webinar, who will talk about the logistics and work done to date, and what’s to come in the multi-year, USDA-NIFA grant-funded research project focusing on wildfire smoke exposed wine grapes in California, Oregon, and Washington. A link to the webinar will …

West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force – Smoke Summit

Join the West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force (WCSETF) for their annual Smoke Summit, to be held June 6, 1 – 3:30 pm (Pacific). During this webinar leading researchers from OSU, UC Davis and WSU will present their latest findings and insights on smoke issue. Also, Tim Rinehart, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will review the efforts underway at ARS …

West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force Seeks to More Clearly Define Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes

Where there’s drought, there’s fire, and where there’s fire, there’s smoke.  This is a major concern for wine grape growers in the drought-stricken west this year.  Evacuations, power outages and smoke taint have had a major impact on the wine industry at harvest-time in recent years, and not having an industry standard or threshold defining smoke taint can raise questions …

Smoke Taint with Anita Oberholster, Prepare Your Vineyard for Future Threats

Smoke taint is unfortunately an annual concern now for wine grape growers, and this was a topic of interest at the recent Sonoma Grape Expo. Watch this brief video with UCCE Specialist Anita Oberholster as she shares what’s been learned so far about the issue and how growers can prepare their operations as they head into another dry wildfire threatening …

Mitigating the Uncertainty of Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes

Smoke taint has dominated the worries of the California wine industry recent years.  With unsettled climate conditions and continued droughts, there is no reason to think that smoke taint will not continue to be a significant concern for the foreseeable future.  In 2017 and 2020, California growers and wineries both had to scramble to adapt as they found that existing …

West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force Summit

The West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force will be hosting the Virtual Smoke Summit on Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 2:15 PM, with a break between 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM, featuring representatives from the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Washington Winegrowers, Oregon Winegrowers, UC Davis, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and more. See the full program below. …

Fresno State Weekly Webinar: Smoke Taint

Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology invites interested members of the grape and wine industry to join their free weekly webinar series on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm during the spring semester, excluding holidays. This series features various industry leaders and topics, organized by Dr. Luca Brillante, faculty. Visit fresnostate.edu/jcast/ve to obtain link to join the webinar and/or …

How Do You Define Smoke Tainted Wine Grapes?

Growers across California are now accepting the fact that wildfires are a seasonal threat to their crops.  With wineries rejecting “smoke tainted” wine grapes even under contract, this has become a very sensitive issue, particularly in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. But just how much smoke exposure to the crop warrants rejection as being “smoke tainted?” Working with local wine …

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