Wine Industry Getting Ready

Wine Industry Getting Ready

Wine Industry Getting Ready. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

The 2015 Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting, Convention, & Trade Show gets underway at February 10-13 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. This year's theme is "Washington Wines - On the Map." Vicky Scharlau

SCHARLAU: One again the Wine Grape Growers Convention has a packed agenda for the week. So we start on Tuesday and go through Friday.

A Tuesday afternoon session by the Department of Ecology on their proposed general permit for winery wastewater should be a hot item for discussion.

SCHARLAU: We've got topics for tasting room staff to some of our younger members of the industry in terms of leadership development. We've got worker protection standard, train the trainer session. Topics on integrated pest management. Winery waste streams, managing alcohol, maceration vessels. We have one session that talks about managing lesser known varieties plus an advanced viticulture expansion session and new processing technology.

The annual meeting is for members of the wine industry and ancillary businesses.

SCHARLAU: Then we have two tasting sessions. The one on Wednesday morning focuses on vintage variation from Cabernet Sauvignon on two particular vintages and then the session on Thursday morning will talk about tannins and managing tannins.

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

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