Auction of Washington Wines Virtual Pt 1

Auction of Washington Wines Virtual Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Like much our world during this pandemic, many activities in our lives are being held “virtually”, and that includes the 33rd Annual Auction of Washington Wines.

In fact, the Auction’s Executive Director, Jaime Peha says it all kicks off today …

PEHA … “Yes, it is, it’s coming up on August 11th will be our online auction. And, if you’re familiar with auctions, an online auction is more like a silent auction that you would walk through and bid on a variety of things at a variety of different prices. And, included in that are all kinds of wine experiences, some vintage wines, some fun local travel, you know wine region experiences.”

Peha says with this year’s online version, participants should find it very easy to navigate …

PEHA … “You can come and go from the online auction which runs from August 11th through August 15th. You can come back and see who’s bidding on your items so it’s kind of fun to be able to return and see what’s happening over the course of a couple of days. And, people can register at . you can just go right there and all the information will be there.”

The online, or silent auction, Peha says runs through the week before the climax on Saturday …

PEHA … “And, then on August 15th, it’s our big GALA Night. We normally have the big event under the tent on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle, but this year we’re doing it virtual.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on this year’s “virtual” Auction of Washington Wines and what you can expect to see when you go online.


BL: Welcome back to another “Fruit Bites” brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us again is Valent’s Allison Walston. And this week Allison, let’s talk about ReTain PGR and if you were only going to apply it once, when would you apply and why.

AW: The plant growth regulator, ReTain, is a bit of a “choose your own adventure” type of product, because ReTain blocks the ethylene pathway and ethylene is present at many different times during the apple or pear’s lifecycle. But, if you are only planning to apply ReTain once to your crop, I would suggest 7 days before harvest.

BL: And this will help their color?

At this time, for apples, the color has mostly developed so there won’t be any color drag, the apples are readily maturing, so ReTain would shut ethylene down for 2nd & 3rd picks to grow larger, stay firm and stop ripening. This would also lessen greasiness. For both apples and pears, we see a reduction in storage disorders and most importantly we see stop-drop or a decrease in the fruit dropped from the tree.

BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.

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