Published in Great Northwest Wine
By Andy Perdue

July 22, 2016

On July 14, about 80 wine grape growers and wine producers gathered in Richland for the inaugural Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE), a seminar staged by the Washington State Wine Commission and Washington State University.

The WSU Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center, based on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in the heart of Washington wine country, opened a year ago and recently completed its first year of classes and operations.

During the inaugural WAVE seminar, researchers provided growers and winemakers with insight on topics including powdery mildew, virus and pest management, irrigation practices, wine spoilage, tannin management and yeast. According to a news release from the wine commission, the day concluded with a tour of the Wine Science Center, which was built by the city of Richland for $23 million. The wine industry contributed heavily to the cost of the Wine Science Center.

Co Dinn, longtime Washington winemaker who now operates Co Dinn Cellars in the Yakima Valley town of Grandview, attended the seminar.

“WAVE was a great opportunity to bring industry and academia together in our beautiful new Wine Science Center to learn and discuss current research topics,” he stated in the news release. “The Research focus paying off for Washington wine industry specialized knowledge we have here (through WSU researchers) gives our industry a real
competitive advantage. I’ll be the first to sign up every year going forward.”

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