WSU Wine Science Center to Open in March

Nov 5, 2014
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Construction for the new Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities should be mostly completed this year. A grand opening is planned in March at the $23 million center. Some professors could move in early next year and students could start taking classes next fall. The center is located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland.

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Wineries across the Northwest are stomping it: They’re harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore.And this year’s fruit looks: Petite and powerful. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Wine harvest is crushing away in a small Washington growing region called Red Mountain. And this dusty, wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of greenbacks lately. This small spot has attracted winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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The Northwest is quickly becoming world famous for high-quality wine. So what are the region’s wine experts splashing into their glasses over Memorial Day weekend?

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

The Northwest wine industry has matured to the point where certain regions are trying to set their wines apart -- think the Willamette Valley pinots, or Columbia Valley cabs.

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Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

Early crop reports from farmers say Washington and Oregon’s wine grape harvest appears to be up a tick for 2013.

The Northwest is well positioned to make wine into the future despite global climate change. So says a scientist who presented his findings on climate change and wine at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Monday.

Wine grape vines can be productive for decades. But how will climate change affect that? That’s the question Antonio Busalacchi, with the University of Maryland, sought to answer.

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In the wine business one good review can mean a lot of money. Now, one of the most prominent wine writers in the Northwest is getting into the wine business himself. And that’s agitated some in the industry. Former Seattle Times columnist Paul Gregutt defends his winery in southeast Washington, but others see a conflict of interest. Correspondent Anna King reports from Waitsburg.

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The Oregon House Wednesday approved a measure that would let wine aficionados fill up their own container at a store or restaurant. The bottles are sometimes called "growlers."

Democratic representative Paul Holvey told lawmakers the law would put wine on an equal footing with beer.

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This holiday season, Northwest winemakers are hoping to expand their customer base with a new sales venue. Seattle’s online shopping giant is now shipping wine.

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Abacela winery and vineyard in southern Oregon prides itself on sustainability. The winery uses geothermal energy and buys carbon credits to offsets its emissions. And the vineyard has an unusual source of organic fertilizer for its vines.

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Northwest winemakers say they’re optimistic that 2012 will turn out to be a great vintage. Many of the region’s red wine grapes are just on the edge of starting to change color and ripen. The timing of this color change is a good indication of the coming harvest’s quality. Correspondent Anna King reports.


A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.