The inaugural Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE) program will be held July 14 at Washington State University’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center in Richland, Washington.

Sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission, this research-focused program allows growers and vintners to learn about advances in grape and wine research.

Topics to be covered include management of virus diseases, including powdery mildew, pest management successes and challenges, tannin management, native yeasts, wine spoilage and Brettanomyces, and the future of irrigation research. The day concludes with wine tasting and a tour of the Wine Science Center.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m with check-in and coffee beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch is included. Pre-registration of $15 is required. Seating is limited, and registration is on a first-come basis. Registration closes July 8.

To register online, visit

– by Shannon Dininny