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Washington Grape Growers, Winemakers Invited to Provide Input on Industry Research Proposals

Industry members invited to annual Research Review event January 18-19, 2018.

SEATTLE (October 26, 2017) – Washington State wine grape growers and wineries are invited to participate in the Washington State Wine Commission’s annual Research Review on January 18-19, 2018. For the first time, industry members in attendance will be asked to provide input on the research proposals presented at the review.

The Research Review is a key component of the Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program. It gives viticulture and enology researchers who seek grant funding 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 the wine industry and makes research grant funding recommendations to the Wine Commission’s board of directors for approval.

This is the first time feedback from industry will be collected. As a way to increase industry involvement in the research program and bring transparency, growers and wineries attending will be asked to rank research proposals by their importance to industry. The feedback will be considered by the Wine Research Advisory Committee when it makes grant funding recommendations.

The 2017 Research Review included 28 presentations over two days, with lunch and a wine social hour on the first day. The Grape and Wine Research Program grants are funded through a unique blend of state, industry, and private support. For fiscal year 2018, funds from the 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 provided more than $1 million for research grants awarded through the program.

There is no charge for the meeting but 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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