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Alumni and Friends


ReConnect is published quarterly by the CAHNRS Alumni and Friends Office.
We publish one print and three digital issues per year.
  • The Center of Washington Wine

    You don’t have to travel very far in the world of wine before you encounter the term terroir. It’s a French word with a complicated meaning that seeks to explain some of the mystery in every bottle of good wine. “It is a concept almost untranslatable, combining soil, weather, region and notions of authenticity, of genuineness and particularity—of roots, and home,” wrote Steven Erlanger in his recent New York Times article “Vive le Terroir.” Read more »

  • Science and Sensibility: Jim Holmes

    Jim Holmes, the retired owner of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards, is a legend in the Washington wine industry as the first to plant grapes on Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley. Today, the region is covered with vineyards making the most of the high pH soil and low-rainfall climate that stimulate vines into producing highly coveted winegrapes. Read more »

  • Introducing the First WSU Student-made Wine Label

    Pour a glass of Riesling from the tall, sleek green bottle labeled Blended Learning, and out comes not only a unique blend of white wine grapes from the Yakima Valley, but the story of six WSU students finding opportunity and education in the heart of Washington wine country. Read more »

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January 2014

Class Notes & Alumni Profiles

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