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WAVE Research Seminar Registration Now Open


Seminar will share viticulture and enology research outcomes.

SEATTLE (March 25, 2024) – The Washington wine industry’s annual signature research event—Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE)—is scheduled for April 11, 2024 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a wine social hour, at the Washington State University Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center in Richland.

The theme of this year’s WAVE, sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission and Washington State University, is strengthening the industry connection with viticulture and enology faculty and students, who conduct valuable research for the Washington wine industry.

The afternoon will include reports of key research projects and highlight student internships and student research. Agenda details include:

  • Optimizing Vineyard Nutrition – Markus Keller, WSU viticulturist
  • Exploring Grape Maturity, Alcohol Concentration and Long-term Maceration on Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Sensory Properties – Jim Harbertson, WSU enologist
  • What to Integrate with Nematode IPM (integrated pest management) – Michelle Moyer, WSU Extension viticulture specialist
  • Development of Vineyard and Winery Tools to Manage Smoke Impacts – Tom Collins, WSU wine chemist
  • Grape Mealybug Mating Disruption: Potential to Sustainably Slow Leafroll Virus Spread – Doug Walsh, WSU entomologist and statewide IPM coordinator
  • Student Spotlight – panel discussion on internships and focus on graduate student research
  • Wine social hour

The Wine Commission dedicates about 20 percent of its annual budget to fund and support research. Washington’s wine research is industry driven and guided, and the results are accessible to all involved in the industry. Past research projects have benefited the entire industry, from reducing pesticide applications to conserving irrigation water and improving wine quality.

Register for WAVE here ($20).

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.