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Wine students at Walla Walla Community College or Yakima Valley Community College in Washington can transfer to several ag degree programs at Washington State University.

Students who begin at YVCC or WWCC and transfer to WSU in the next several years will be some of the first to experience their education at the WSU Wine Science Center. Research and teaching at the center will be specific to the challenges and opportunities faced by grapegrowers and winemakers in the Pacific Northwest. When the center opens in early 2015, it claims that it will be the most technologically advanced wine research and education center in the world.

By contrast, viticulture and winery technology degree programs at Napa Valley College provide the technical training needed for direct entry into wine industry employment and are not designed as transfer programs.

Many general education classes like science, math and literature can be transferred.

Wine Country Event and Hospitality Show

The Wine Country Event and Hospitality Trade Show organized by the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) will be held July 15 at Hall Winery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day includes three site visits by luxury buses to properties staged with creative ideas, then lunch at Hall Winery.

The lunch will include appetizers in the 1885 Bergfeld building, a seated lunch showcasing two wine country chefs with winemakers or winery owners hosting tables and a dessert extravaganza with more than 10 dessert purveyors and sparkling wines.

The exhibit hall will feature a variety of live music, food, wine, rental showcases and more.

Get details and register at ConciergeAlliance.com.

UC DAVIS Wine packaging strategy

  • It’s only two weeks until Wine Packaging Strategy: Decide, Design, Impress at UC Davis. I will moderate the session on alternative packaging like kegs, cartons and screw caps.
  • For more information, visit gsm.ucdavis.edu or contact Angela Stopper at info@wineexecutiveprogram.com or 530-752-7240.

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UC Davis Extension summer wine courses

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grapegrowers, winemakers and wine lovers.

The following courses will take place July-September in Davis, unless otherwise indicated:

  • Online Introduction to Wine and Winemaking. Enroll now through July 3 and complete by Sept. 22. Passwords issued starting July 7. $685.
  • Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Wine. July 19-20: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $550.
  • Successful Home Winemaking. Sept. 20: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $140.
  • Introduction to Wine Analysis. July 26: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $255.
  • Step-by-Step Winemaking. Aug. 23-24: Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $375.
  • Rootstock Workshop: Identification and Use. Aug. 11: Monday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $210.
  • Wine Grapes: Identification and Use. Aug. 12-13: Tuesday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $395.
  • Advanced Wine Tasting. Aug. 16: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $350.
  • Winery Accounting and Finance for Executives. July 18: Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. St. Helena Wine Business Center, 899 Adams St. $225.
  • 23rd Annual OIV Wine Marketing Program. July 14–25.
  • I’ve taken a number of the short courses, and find them practical, not academic at all.
  • Visit www.extension.ucdavis.edu/winemaking, call 800-752-0881 or email extension@ucdavis.edu.

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