Wine research review set

Industry to determine funding

— The Washington State Wine Commission will hold its annual Research Review on Jan. 18-19, at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road.

The two-day session is open to members of Washington State’s wine industry.

The review, which is part of the Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program, gives viticulture and enology researchers seeking grant funding a chance to share results of ongoing projects and pitch new proposals to the Wine Research Advisory Committee. The committee serves as the scientific review arm for the Washington wine industry and makes research project funding recommendations to the Wine Commission’s board of directors for approval.

The review of the projects, such as one related to the impact of the long-term exposure to smoke on the last year’s grapes, will require the feedback of growers before funding is recommended.

The review will include more than 36 viticultural and enology research projects which have been funded since 2016, total more than $2.1 million.

Funding for the Grape and Wine Research Program comes from four sources to represent a unique blend of state, industry, and private support. Each source — the Washington State Wine Commission, Auction of Washington Wines, Washington State University’s Agriculture Research Center, and state sales tax on all wine sold — provides about 25 percent of the total spent on research.

The is no registration fee for the research review, but a count is needed for lunch.

Friday is the deadline to register for the sessions, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.

To register, contact Wine Commission Research Program Manager Melissa Hansen at: mhansen@washingtonwine.org.



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