Sustainable Practices to be Focus of Washington Wine Growers Meeting

Sustainable Practices to be Focus of Washington Wine Growers Meeting

Evergreen grape producers will hold annual session in Kennewick during February.

A burgeoning Washington state wine industry will be probed for its sustainable practices when the state's producers get together for their annual meeting this February in Kennewick's Three Rivers Convention Center.

The 2012 meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers

Feb. 7-10 will focus on sustainable practices. One session is devoted to unveiling Winerywise, a new online Washington guide to sustainable winemaking practices.

The ideas presented at the session evolve from a three-year project of volunteers from wineries across the Northwest.  The overall convention will target many grower, winery and market needs for 2012.

Evergreen grape producers will hold annual session in Kennewick during February.

Mythbusting, one of the most popular sessions as last year's convention, will continue to examine controversial vineyard and winery practices at the 2012 session. This year, delegates will hear discussions of whether high alcohol wines taste better and score higher, with comments from Steve Heimoff, wine editor of Wine Enthusiast.

The session will focus on whether lower yields are better for making superior wines, with comments from Nick Dokoozlian, E&J Gallo Wines viticulture vice president.

Vineyard Pests and Diseases, a different conference session, offers insect management strategies, scouting ideas, and control efforts presented by a panel of three producers. Disease management discussions will also be offered with explanations of the link between grape biology and physical disorders with control options and resistance management.

To address the industry's strong crop of "next generation" wine and grape production, a Professional Development session will feature author Rhonda Hilyer, who will present a motivational talk  based on her book called Success Signals, a formalized approach to understanding and interpreting different communication styles, improving relationships and minimizing potential conflict.

A Grand Tasting event will look at merlot during this convention, featuring Dave Frost, one of three in the world who is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine.

The event is open to all interested in grape or wine production. For additional information, and registration, visit WAWGG at their website, www.wawgg.orgRegistration is now open for the convention and wine trade show.

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