Northwest scientists to share sustainable winemaking research

By on April 25, 2013

winerywise_final_smallFive of the Pacific Northwest’s leaders in the area of sustainable winemaking will be presenting research at a series of seminars held in July across Washington state.

The series called “Making Winery Sustainability Work” will feature results of year-long winery sustainability trials and an examination of the sustainability of current winery practices.

Speakers include Janice Camp, senior lecturer and director of the field research and consultation group at the University of Washington’s department of environmental and occupational health Sciences; Stuart Childs, senior scientist with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in Portland, Ore.,; Jim Harbertson, associate professor and extension enologist at Washington State University in Prosser; Chris Serra, executive director of LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) in Salem, Ore.; and Winerywise winemaker Judy Thoet.

The series begins at Tuesday, July 23 at Walla Walla Community College, then moves Wednesday, July 24 to Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview, Wash., and concludes Thursday, July 25 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. Each seminar is a two-hour program and costs $15 to attend.

Winerywise, a project of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation, is designed to assist with sustainable winemaking and business topics, becoming certified sustainable, energy efficiency, waste management, preferred purchasing, water management, staffing, safety, human resources, community outreach, education, research, material handling and site development.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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