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Greg Martin Wine Grape Meeting Part 2
by Greg Martin, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: January 18, 2012

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Wine Grape Meeting Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

Yesterday the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Vicky Scharlau, talked about the upcoming annual meeting and convention. She says one of the sessions on Tuesday is for tasting room staff.

SCHARLAU: A little bit of an in depth look into tainted and corked wines. So for those people that don’t work full time in a tasting room or aren’t around wines as much as say a grower or winemaker would be, this is an opportunity for staff to be able to learn how to smell or to taste a wine that’s gone bad.

She says there is a lot of preparation that goes into the meeting.

SCHARLAU: The wine and grape industry gets together and spends about 8 months preparing this program so they do a really good job of accessing and evaluating and analyzing the needs of the industry and they try to put those educational needs into an educational session. So we have sessions that are targeting wineries, wine makers, the business side of both grape growing and wine making.

Early bird registration ends this Friday the 20th. Scharlau says there will be session on marketing and research projects.

SCHARLAU: Depending upon what day you attend whether it’s Wednesday, Thursday or Friday you’ll find sessions in enology, viticulture. We have 2 half day sessions that will be in Spanish. We have a political action committee lunch that will feature gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee. We’ll also have our very popular poster session and lunch.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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