Great Northwest Wine adds harvest intern

By on August 13, 2016
Abra Bennett

Abra Bennett is a student at Walla Walla Community College. She will spend this summer and fall writing for Great Northwest Wine as a harvest intern. Her primary area of coverage will be the Walla Walla Valley.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Each fall, wineries across the Pacific Northwest get harvest interns. We decided it was only fair that we get one, too.

For the next few months, you will see stories by Abra Bennett, a student at Walla Walla Community College‘s viticulture and enology program. She will primarily write about the Walla Walla Valley, where she lives, providing news updates and feature stories about what is happening during harvest.

Bennett has lived a most interesting life so far. She has had careers in social work, environmental policy and as a personal chef. She lived on Bainbridge Island for several years, and she also has spent considerable time living in France.

Bennett also is a gifted and accomplished writer who has written freelance stories for a number of publications, including Edible Seattle. Bennett has written about wine and food, and she also has been an environmental and agricultural policy writer for several years.

Bennett is unsure whether she will become a winemaker as a result of her studies at Walla Walla Community College. One of her goals is to write a book about the experience of being an older student who goes back to school and learns winemaking.

We met Bennett earlier this year while we were speaking at Walla Walla Community College about wine marketing and working with the media. She later contacted us because a nontraditional internship appealed to her.

We anticipate publishing one to two stories per week from Bennett, starting next week.


About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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