Project Description

Good Grape Growing

Featured stories about good grape growing appear in this issue.

First Bite

  • February 1st, 2008

When I first began writing for Good Fruit Grower in 1995, my beat of coverage was stone fruit and Washington State’s grape industry. With [...]

Good Question

  • February 1st, 2008

Washington State, with new production areas still being discovered, is younger than most other wine regions. Production has shifted from white to red varieties, [...]

Funding shortfall

  • February 1st, 2008

The Washington State wine industry continues to grow while funds supporting viticulture and enology research dwindle, creating a widening research gap. In recent [...]

  • Rare varieties gain ground

Rare varieties gain ground

  • February 1st, 2008

Counoise grapes, from Tablas Creek Vineyard Every profession has its rebels, and grape growers are no exception. Look at Dean [...]

Task force develops a research plan

  • February 1st, 2008

Washington’s wine industry is part of a nationwide coalition addressing the research funding crisis, but it isn’t waiting for the national effort to fill [...]

Apple Lines

  • February 1st, 2008

India is a country of enormous ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Its landmass is roughly one-third the size of the United States, it [...]

  • Research successes

Research successes

  • February 1st, 2008

Visiting scientist from Australia Jason Smith, left, and Washington State University’s Markus Keller test a pressure vessel for grapevine roots.

A number of benefits to [...]

Good Point

  • February 1st, 2008

As the second largest wine-grape-growing area in the country, we’re often proud to point out our accomplishments in terms of growth. In a [...]

  • Federal funds in short supply

Federal funds in short supply

  • February 1st, 2008

Washington State University postdoctoral fellow Pradeep Shrestha collects sap from a pressurized grape peduncle. Though Washington is the number-two wine-producing [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • February 1st, 2008

Congdon Orchards is one of the oldest continuously operating fruit ranches in the state of Washington. Located in the [...]

  • Closing the research gap

Closing the research gap

  • February 1st, 2008

A team of Washington State University researchers and technicians are chip budding grapevines as part of a rootstock trial. The [...]

Pest control in 2040

  • February 1st, 2008

The future of pest management in pears is bright, thanks to coming technology, Washington State University entomologist Dr. John Dunley believes. His vision [...]

New Zealand faces labor shortage

  • February 1st, 2008

Tourists to New Zealand are being recruited to help solve a critical labor shortage in Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s major apple-production regions. [...]

Institute tackles legislative issues

  • February 1st, 2008

Many issues face the Washington wine industry, said Jean Leonard, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute in Olympia, and several key issues are [...]

  • Vashon's fruit-growing revival

Vashon's fruit-growing revival

  • February 1st, 2008

In the latter 1800s, before eastern Washington emerged as the state’s primary agricultural area, and before railroads and highways [...]

Wine Institute role clarified

  • February 1st, 2008

The Washington Wine Institute, the industry’s advocacy arm, has undergone major changes in the last few months. The institute is now administered separately [...]

  • Running on biodiesel

Running on biodiesel

  • February 1st, 2008

Jim Baird, a grower at Royal City, Washington, has planted canola that he will have made into biodiesel for his own use. [...]

Research history

  • February 1st, 2008

1960s—Grape and wine research begins in Washington, led by Washington State University researchers Drs. Walter Clore and Chas Nagel. 1981—Legislation passed [...]

Going green to change the future

  • February 1st, 2008

The Mendocino Wine Company is doing their part to change the course of global warming by implementing practices to reduce their carbon footprint and [...]

Origins of research funding

  • February 1st, 2008

Grape research, which dates back to the 1960s, has a circuitous history, with starts and stops in the early decades. Dr. Wade [...]