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Vintners Invited to Hear Research Findings at WAVEx Webinar

Registration is open for WAVEx, a condensed version of the research seminar Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE). The free webinar, to be held on July 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission and Washington State University.

The webinar will feature results of two recent research projects:

  • Improvements in Phenolic Analysis – Dr. James Harbertson, WSU research enologist, and his research team have created a new tool for winemakers to measure wine components. The new model allows winemakers to conduct relatively simple tests, run the results through the new WSU-created algorithm and get accurate predictions on wine phenolics.
  • Tanks vs. Barrels? Stainless steel or oak for fermentation and aging red wines – Dr. Tom Collins, WSU wine chemist, will share outcomes of a trial that studied the impact of fermentation vessel on the flavor profile of red wines. With the recent interest in barrel or puncheon fermentation of red wines, this project was initiated to evaluate the sensory perception and chemical composition from fermentation of red musts in barrels or stainless steel tanks and provides useful insight into the effects of fermentation and aging. 

The purpose of WAVEx is to raise awareness about the value of research supported by the wine industry through grape and wine assessments paid to the Washington State Wine Commission. According to feedback from those who attended previous WAVE and WAVEx events, the seminars help growers and winemakers access and apply research outcomes in their operations.

Registration is required to receive the webinar link. Questions can be submitted prior, or asked at the end of each presentation. Register for the WAVEx webinar here.

For additional information, contact Melissa Hansen, Research Program Director at: mhansen@washingtonwine.org.

About the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSWC provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness about the Washington wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSWC is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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