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Posted by kaury.balcom | February 25, 2018

The Washington Winegrowers annual convention and trade show held in Richland, Wash. Feb. 6-8, included learning and networking opportunities for wine industry members and addressed relevant topics in viticulture, enology, tasting room and business operations. Nearly 2,000 state, national, and international participants from the grape and wine industry attended the three-day event which featured contributions from WSU V&E faculty, staff, researchers and students:

2018 Winegrowers Education Committee

Tom Collins, Assistant Professor of Enology

Charles Gould Edwards, Associate Professor of Food Science

Jim Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology

Thomas Henick-Kling, Director, WSU Viticulture & Enology Program, Professor of Enology

Gwen Hoheisel, Extension Regional Specialist

Catherine Jones, Clean Plant Center Northwest, WSU

Markus Keller, Associate Professor of Viticulture

Mysti Meyers, Academic Advisor for Viticulture & Enology, WSU Tri-Cities

Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor of Viticulture, Statewide Viticulture Extension Specialist

Naidu Rayapati, Associate Professor of Virology

2018 Program Speakers

Michelle Moyer
Get the Dirt on Nematodes Session Manager

Katherine East, Graduate Research Assistant
“Updates on Grapevine Nematology Research in Washington”

Scott Harper, Director, Director, Clean Plant Center Northwest, WSU
“Plant Source (Original & Grafted) and Air Quality”

Naidu Rayapati
“Grafting Case Studies”

Jim Harbertson
“Impact of Irrigation Practices on Wine”

Kaury Balcom, WSU V&E Communications & Public Relations Coordinator
“World-Class Research in Your Own Backyard: The Wine Science Center”

Tom Collins
“High pH Effects on SO2 and Sanitation”

Thomas Henick-Kling
“Microbial Ecology Changes with pH”

Tom Collins
“Smoke Taint”

Kirk Schulz, President, WSU
“WSU and Washington Wine: A Partnership Designed to Thrive”

Jenni Sandstrom, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Business Management
“Identifying and Accurately Communicating Hiring Needs”

Scott Harper
“Plant Source (Original & Grafted) & Quality”

Naidu Rayapati
“Grafting Case Studies”

Markus Keller
“Growing Grapes for White Wine Production: Do’s and Don’ts in the Vineyard”

Tom Collins
Labratory Design for Small Wineries Session Manager

2018 Poster Awards

The 2018 Washington Winegrowers’ Association poster session highlighted the latest industry research, providing a platform for students, educators, and researchers to present cutting-edge information and discuss their research with grape and wine industry stakeholders. Posters were judged by industry members and prizes awarded in three categories: Graduate, Undergraduate and Professional.

Undergraduate Student

1st Place: Corydon Funk, WSU
“Impact of Tobacco Ringspot Virus on Vine Growth and Grape Quality”

2nd Place: Mitchell Williamson, WSU
“Impact of pH on the Wine Microbial Population”

Tie for 3rd Place:

Gillian Hawkins, WSU
“Cabernet Sauvignon Berry Quality in Vines Watered Through Direct Root Zone Irrigation”

Carlos Zúñiga-Espinoza, WSU
“Proximal and Remote Sensing Methods to Evaluate Vine Water Status in Subsurface and Deficit Irrigated Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevine”


Graduate Student

1st Place: Margaret McCoy, Washington State University
“Accessing and Optimizing Sprayer Technologies in Commercial Eastern Washington State Winegrape Vineyard”

2nd Place: Katherine East, Washington State University
“Developmental Dynamics of the Northern Root-Knot Nematode Meloidogyne Hapla in Washington State Vineyards”



1st Place: Naidu Rayapati, Washington State University
“The Mantra of ‘Start Clean, Stay Clean’ for Healthy Vineyards”

2nd Place: Sridhar Jarugula, Washington State University
“Impact of Two Distinct Virus Diseases in Washington State Vineyards”

3rd Place: Michelle Moyer, Washington State University
“Field Performance of Nematode-Resistant Winegrape Rootstocks in Washington”


Graduate Student Presentation

1st Place: Zachary Cartwright, Washington State University
“Quantification of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis in Oak Barrel Staves and Removal Strategies Using Heat”