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Vintage variation in the vineyard

There’s no room for error in a cool vintage.

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Extracting goodness

Sales are growing for varietal grape seed oils and flours made from pomace.

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Reducing water usage

E & J Gallo reduced its winery water usage by 25 percent.

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Wine wastewater permits are coming

Final rules for Washington State wineries expected by next spring.

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Turning pomace into compost

Walla Walla Community College hopes to show wineries how to compost their wine leftovers.

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Irrigation effects on wine

Deficit irrigation enhances color and fruitiness of wines.

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Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

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Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Don, working with his father, Milt, and brothers Bud

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Another record harvest for wine grapes

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Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington grape growers produced 227,000 tons last year, up 8

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Automated pruning with robotics

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

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Soil moisture can be depleted by spring

“In years when we have dry winters, you may need both a fall and early spring irrigation.” — Hemant Gohil

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Soil moisture critical at bud break

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Even a two-week delay in filling up the soil profile in early spring when vines begin to break bud can reduce cluster counts and impact yields, according to Washington State University scientists.

In recent years, WSU

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Timing is everything when fine tuning grape irrigation

Research suggests Washington red wine grapes could benefit from new irrigation regimes.

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New AVA established in Oregon

The new AVA, located in Oregon, has created problems for Washington wineries.

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Few bees in vineyards

Grape pest practices in Washington aren’t harming bees.

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Cool, wet soils trigger chlorosis

Avoid early spring irrigation to avoid chlorosis problems in Concord vineyards.

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Survey finds no invasive grape moths

However, grape phylloxera was detected for the first time in a Wenatchee, Washington, vineyard.

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Wine grape business workshop offered this month

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Four workshops focused on reducing wine grape revenue losses will be offered on March 18 and 19 in Eastern Washington to growers and individuals working in the wine grape industry.

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation says

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Positions open for Washington Wine Commission

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Wine grape growers and producers who are interested in joining the Washington Wine Commission board are asked to apply before March 20, 2015. Five, 3-year commission positions are either vacant or are expiring this year.

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New focus on leafhoppers

Growers should add 20 percent to their count when using a hand lens on leafhoppers.

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Red blotch knowledge grows

The search continues for possible vectors.

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WAWGG honors grape industry members

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Several long-time industry members were honored for their decades of growing, industry involvement, and advancement of Washington State’s wine grape industry during the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

Kevin Corliss, who’s

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Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

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grower / Alderdale, Washington
age / 36
crops / wine grapes
business / Austin Sharp Vineyards
other experience / After graduating from Washington State University, he joined the family cattle business and then switched to co-own and manage a

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Women in vineyards

Few women hold vineyard management positions.

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Worker education is a priority at Klipsun Vineyards

Lots of eyes in the vineyard help Julia Kock stay on top of things.

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Premium wine sales still growing

Growers need to focus on quality and target fruit for the $15 and up price point, say wine marketers.

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Hands-on winemaking: Owen Roe

O’Reilly’s minimalist approach to winemaking is labor intensive.

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Story of the soil: Owen Roe

Volcanic and glacial soils at Union Gap Estate help create different flavor profiles in wines.

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Story in a bottle: Owen Roe

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Each wine bottle at Owen Roe Winery tells a story. It may be about deciding on the location of the estate vineyard, sharing lunch at an Irish abbey, or painstakingly cutting out letters from old

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Stories are plentiful at Owen Roe

Irish-born winemaker helps share the story of Yakima Valley wines.

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First Washington wine research program in the works

Wine Commission will spend $250K on research this year.

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Predicting cold hardiness of grapes

WSU model is used by U.S. and international grape growers.

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Cold winters can damage grapevine roots

Irrigation after harvest is critical in preventing cold damage to roots.

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Wine institute has new executive director

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The Washington Wine Institute hired a new executive director to manage policy and regulatory issues facing Washington winery owners. Josh McDonald, with background in legislative affairs and trade association work, began his new role in

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Application window opens for grape scholarships

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is offering more than $30,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology, or related disciplines.

Applications are due March 15 and are for the 2015-16 academic year.
Scholarship offerings

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Washington picks big wine, juice grape crops

Concord grape grower cash prices plummet to $110 per ton.

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New tool helps growers assess juce grape sustainability

Juice grape report card

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Grape industry honors members

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The Washington State Grape Society recognized the industry contributions of three members during its annual meeting held in November in Grandview, Washington.

Mike Means, who has served on countless grape industry committees for nearly three decades

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Managing pests in wine grapes

Report contains wealth of information about pesticides.

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Robert L. Andrews, 1930 – 2014

Andrews credited for helping develop grape region.

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Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

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Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit

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Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

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age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the

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Washington wine and juice grape tonnage soars; juice prices fall

Cash prices to Concord grape growers for 2014 crop plummet to $110 per ton.

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Network promotes Prosser wines

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A new organization called Prosser Wine Network was formed in Washington State last spring to promote Prosser wines. The new group, with more than 30 initial winery and associate members, is working to create awareness

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Optical sorters come to wineries

The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.

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Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

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The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in

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Ste. Michelle hosts rootstock trial

This is one of the first full-scale rootstock trials in a commercial vineyard

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Chose plant material wisely

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will plant nematode-resistant rootstocks for the first time in Washington on a small scale.

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Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

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Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of

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Guy William “Bill” Powers, 1926 – 2014

Washington wine industry legend Bill Powers, known for his innovative, organic grape growing and winemaking, died September 23. He was 88.

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Trunk diseases are a growing problem

Dirty plant material blamed for vine decline in Canada and California.

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