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Grape growers, winemakers asked for input on industry research proposals

Industry members invited to annual Research Review event January 16-17, 2019.
by Press Release
December 11, 2018

SEATTLE (December 4, 2018) – Washington State wine grape growers and wineries are invited to participate in the Washington State Wine Commission’s annual Research Review on January 16-17, 2019, at the Clore Center in Prosser. Industry members will provide input on the research proposals seeking grant funding through the statewide research program.

The Research Review is a key component of the industry-driven Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program, the statewide research program that supports a diverse portfolio of viticulture and enology research. The Review gives researchers a forum to share results of ongoing projects and pitch new proposals to the Wine Research Advisory Committee. The Committee, a subcommittee of the Wine Commission, serves as the scientific review arm for Washington’s wine industry and makes research grant funding recommendations to the Wine Commission’s board of directors for approval.

Nearly 30 proposals will be presented over the two days. Industry members attending the review will be asked to rank the research proposals by importance to industry. The industry feedback will be considered by the Wine Research Advisory Committee when it makes grant funding recommendations.

The statewide research program currently provides more than $1 million in research grants through a unique blend of state, industry, and private monies (Washington State Wine Commission, Auction of Washington Wines, Washington State University’s Agriculture Research Center and state taxes collected from all wine sold in Washington).

There is no charge for the meeting but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Washington State Wine Commission Research Program Manager Melissa Hansen at: mhansen@washingtonwine.org.

About Washington State Wine

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.


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