Corvallis science pub explores wine, viticulture

| November 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of the perks of living in a wine-producing state with a famous wine-growing region like ours is that there are all sorts of free classes to help expand your knowledge of wine and viticulture.

One of these events is planned for 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the Old World Deli & Cafe in Corvallis. As part of a series of Science Pubs, the Corvallis event will explore what it takes to produce great wines despite the occasionally less-than-ideal growing conditions that Oregon provides and what winemakers, both professionals and home hobbyists, must keep in mind as they turn juice into wine.

Find out how growers and winemakers adapt to our finicky climate from two Oregon State University scientists affiliated with the Oregon Wine Research Institute and the Extension Service. Patty Skinkis teaches her viticulture course on campus to students, and to vineyard managers online. In her research, she has documented the benefits of managing canopies and cover crops for vine growth and grape quality. She received her doctorate from Purdue University.

Patty Skinkis studies viticulture, or the science of grape vine management, and advises grape growers statewide on fertilization, vineyard canopies (leaf cover), soils and other topics.

James Osborne studies wine microbiology and teaches classes on wine production and analysis. His research focuses on the interactions between microbes, their role in desirable and undesirable processes, and problems that can arise during the fermentation of wine. Osborne shares his expertise with winemakers across the state. He’s a native of New Zealand and received his doctorate from Washington State University.

If you’re interested in attending, the restaurant advises that you get there early as space is limited and to make sure that you get your food and drink order in before the session starts.

The Science Pub is free; the food and drinks are not. RSVP is not necessary. Just show up early and plan to have fun expanding your knowledge of wine and viticulture.

So head over and enjoy!

— Vic


Category: Event, Wine/Wineries

About the Author (Author Profile)

Victor Panichkul is a journalist and writer by training; a cook, wine lover and photographer by passion; and a lover of the outdoors since moving to Oregon more than 10 years ago. He is a native of Bangkok, Thailand.

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  1. Nubian says:

    I hope they have plenty of seats. Always a problem when there is a great speaker. Planning on being there early.

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