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Grape canopy control

Juice grape growers can manage size of vines with pruning, irrigation and maybe some thinning.

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Grape seed color has little effect

Study upends thinking that wine’s taste depends heavily on color of the grape seed when harvested.

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Digging into the roots of a vineyard

Volume of fine and coarse roots varies during season.

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Canvasback puts down roots

Brian Rudin practices a vineyard-focused approach to winemaking.

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California winery at home in Washington

A blind tasting of wines brought Duckhorn Wine Company to Washington.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started the process of building a world-class research program.

The industry has invested in a new wine science facility, developed a strategic

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Gamache Vineyard sold to Allan Brothers

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Naches, Washington-based Allan Brothers Incorporated announced the purchase of Gamache Vineyard near Basin City, Washington, today.

The purchase of the White Bluffs area vineyard will be the second major wine grape investment by Allan Brothers in

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Remarkable Marquette

The Minnesota variety could be nice addition for cooler-climate vineyards.

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Key to watering Concord grapes

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Low water years pose additional challenges for Pacific Northwest Concord growers, who are already dealing with low prices.

However, there are steps growers can take to ensure their vineyards remain healthy — even in a tight

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Table grape potential in Washington

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Elevating Idaho table grapes

Researchers will study new varieties and canopy management for table grapes in the Gem State.

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Wine growth stays strong

Acreage, production and prices continue to increase in Washington.

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Big supply of juice grapes = low prices

Juice grape prices are likely to remain flat this year, but 2017 could be brighter for growers.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit and Produce Company
family background / Nick grew up in Yakima and is the son of Rick Plath, nephew of Cliff

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Stinkbug taint in wine

Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results.

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New York wine varietal debuts

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Goose Watch Winery became the first in the nation to offer the new wine varietal Aromella, and it did so just a year after Cornell initially released the grape in 2013.

The story, however, starts several

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Cornell’s grape choices

Historic breeding program takes the long road when it comes to new grapes.

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Learning about new grape clones

National Grape Registry website contains useful information about wine grape clones.

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Protect vines from the cold

Burying a spare cane provides insurance against very hard winters.

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Stinkbug continues its spread

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Labor tops list of concerns for Grower of the Year

Worker worries

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Grower of the Year learns more through industry involvement

Learning from the board

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Fruitful fortitude: 2015 Grower of the Year

After taking over the farm at 25, Brenton Roy grew a solid reputation one crop at a time.

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Phenotyping in the field goes high-tech

WSU researcher is using thermal infrared cameras and other sensor technologies to study fruit traits.

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Wine grape growers invited to meetings on pest management plan

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Representatives from Oregon’s wine grape industry are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan to document current pest management challenges and needs within the industry and to create a cohesive plan for focusing the

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Asia-Pacific wine regulators meet to develop wine trade

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More than 80 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 17 Pacific Rim economies met in Adelaide, Australia, to work toward streamlining import-export requirements for wine.

The two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum’s 2015

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More profits from Concords

Experimental design doubled Concord grape yields last year.

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Tough times on the concord belt

Growers facing difficulties with both juice and wine grapes.

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Solar power becomes affordable

Winery owners see switch to solar power as a good investment.

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Lasers guide new precision pruning tech

A pre-pruner uses laser technology for more precise pruning to eliminate need for follow-up hand pruning.

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New grape harvester leaves MOG in the field

Selective mechanical harvesters help improve wine quality by delivering cleaner fruit to wineries.

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24 specialty crop proposals in Wa State receive $4.1m

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture says that it will award approximately $4.1 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The 2015 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will

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The art of talking tannins

How do you talk about tannins to the wine trade and consumers?

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Tannins from vine to wine

Vineyard practices can fine-tune grape tannins, but winemakers have the most influence.

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New report documents 8.5% annual growth in Washington’s wine industry

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A new economic report documents the growing impact of Washington State’s wine industry.

The study details the economic and fiscal impacts of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the effect of jobs, labor

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WSU reports on growth in organic tree fruit

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Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total f.o.b. value of more than $295 million, according to the report “Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree fruit” just released

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Selling lesser-known wines

Wines of lesser-known varieties can be profitable if marketed creatively.

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Lesser-known grape varieties are ‘hands on’

Do your homework before taking risk with minor wine grape varieties.

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Tips for growing lesser-known wine grape varieties

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Washington State grape growers Roger Gamache of Mesa and Mike Andrews of Horse Heaven Hills appellation share below what they’ve learned from growing several lesser-known varieties.
Malbec

Gamache planted his first Malbec in 2003 and has clones

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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Embrace wine diversity

A veteran winemaker gives tips on making wines from cool and warm sites.

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Warm and cool site challenges

Yield management is critical when growing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool site.

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A new way of life

Derek Way and his family are leaving their bucolic life in Pasco to move to a major city in China.

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Stinging nettle is beneficial

Nettles provide habitat for natural enemies of pests.

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Student wines toast WSU Wine Science Center’s opening

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Washington’s wine industry will fittingly toast the grand opening of the new Wine Science Center with wines made by students of Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

The wines to be poured for the celebration

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

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12 tips for selling to multiple wineries

Growers must be matchmakers when selling to wineries.

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Is ‘Grape Virus Tax’ hitting your pocketbook?

A new study estimates the economic losses from grape leafroll disease.

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Lewis-Clark Valley appellation proposed

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published a notice of proposed rulemaking on April 14 to establish the more than 300,000-acre Lewis-Clark Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) in portions of Idaho and Washington.

The

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