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PROSSER, Wash. — Wine grape growers and wineries have an opportunity Jan. 18-19 to listen and provide advice on research proposals presented at the Washington State Wine Commission’s annual Research Review.
Scientists will share results of ongoing projects and pitch new proposals to the Wine Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the commission that serves as the scientific review arm for the Washington wine industry and makes research grant funding recommendations to the commission. The event will be held at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser.
Nearly 25 continuing and final reports and new proposals, covering topics from pest management, irrigation and water and soil quality to wine spoilage, impacts from mechanization on wine quality and tannin management, will be presented over the two days. Lunch and a wine social are included the first day.
Funds from the Washington State Wine Commission, Auction of Washington Wines, Washington State University’s Agriculture Research Center and state taxes collected from all wine sold in Washington provided more than $1 million in fiscal year 2018 for 18 research grants awarded through the program.
For the first time, feedback from industry will be collected during the review as a way to increase industry involvement and bring transparency to the research program. Growers and wineries attending will be asked to rank research proposals by their importance. The committee will consider the feedback when making grant funding recommendations.
There is no charge for the meeting but pre-registration is required by Jan. 12. Pesticide certification credits have been requested. For more information, contact the Washington State Wine Commission Research Program Manager Melissa Hansen at email@example.com.
— Dan Wheat