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Six months after Mark Chien stepped into the role of program coordinator at the Oregon Wine Research Institute, the new shape of the institute is coming into focus.
Chien was appointed to serve as a facilitator for the institute’s activities rather than the director, taking his lead from Oregon Wine Board’s Oregon Wine Industry Standing Committee on Research. The standing committee includes representation from industry and Oregon State University faculty. It is charged with setting the institute’s scientific research priorities (see “Oregon Wine Research Institute Refocuses Efforts”).
Speaking this week with Wines & Vines, Chien said communications and ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon vineyard managers regularly discard up to half of the precious clusters off their vines so that their surviving siblings can, the thinking goes, soak up more of the plant's limited resources. Oregon State University professor Patricia Skinkis may have proven that thinking to be wrong.(Read Full Article)
"So many of the students are coming through, showing that they would like to get in there and start their own companies and generate new jobs in our community,” SOWI director Chris Lake said. “I think that's why the Southern Oregon Wine Institute does ...(Read Full Article)
Burns has been working since the 1970s within the wine industry , trying to unearth the mysteries of terroir's effects on wine by mapping out the various soil strata within the Oregon wine country, and tying them to different sensations we experience in ...(Read Full Article)
By Nia Wong Published: May 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM PDT Last Updated: May 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM PDT
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WINCHESTER, Ore. -- The renewal of a national grant has given the Southern Oregon wine industry an economic shot in the arm.(Read Full Article)
Students at Yamhill-Carlton High School get to call a vineyard their classroom.
A couple years ago, Oregon winemaker Ken Wright and local businesses came up with the idea to make viticulture part of the Future Farmers of America/Agriculture curriculum at Yamhill-Carlton High School. The program also allows students earn college credit through Chemeketa Community College.
Nichole Eskelen teaches the viticulture class.
"We don't have to hop on a bus or go to someone else's facility," she said. "We can easily come down and work and learn and they have an actual visual aid."(Read Full Article)
Student Trask Ward agreed ...
Mark Chien, a veteran viticulturist with previous ties to Oregon's wine industry , has been hired as coordinator of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute. Chien's hiring allows Bill Boggess, the interim director, to resume his primary duties as executive associate ... According to the Oregon Wine Board , the industry employs 15,000 people and has an economic impact approaching $3 billion annually.(Read Full Article)
Oregon Institute Hires Program Coordinator: Mark Chien returns to the northwest after 15 years in Pennsylvania
There’s still no director, but come June the Oregon Wine Research Institute will have a new program coordinator: Mark Chien, who has served as the viticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lancaster, Pa., since 1999.
Announcing his new position and departure from Pennsylvania in his viticulture e-newsletter, “Wine Grape Information for Pennsylvania and the Region,” Chien described himself as “a non-traditional, non-conformist colleague,” a point that may come as no surprise to the industry in Oregon, where he previously worked from 1984 to 1999.
“In May, Judi and I will move back to Oregon (where we lived ...(Read Full Article)
Instead of asking each other, "Who's your favorite winemaker?", we should start asking a different question: "What's your favorite sub-appellation?"(Read Full Article)
Leafhoppers can transmit the red blotch virus in grapes in greenhouses but may not be responsible for spreading the disease in nature, experts say.
Leafhoppers can transmit the red blotch virus in grapevines in a greenhouse, but may not be responsible for its spread outdoors.
While greenhouse tests have shown the insects can be infected with the virus and transmit the disease, it’s too early to jump to conclusions, a plant disease expert says.
Other insects, such as aphids, have previously been found to transmit viruses in greenhouse conditions without being the culprit in nature, said Bob Martin plant ...(Read Full Article)
Forecasters are calling 2014 the year of mobile commerce—but have wineries made the leap? Study results being presented at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in Portland, Ore., next month may reveal some answers.
Linfield College instructors Dr. Sharon Wagner, business department chair, and Dr. Lisa Weidman, an assistant professor of mass communications, recently studied social media use by wineries. The researchers looked at how wineries connect with current and prospective customers, focusing on an analysis of online content and the response of “fans” of the wineries and their brands.
The director of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at Umpqua Community College was recently featured in one of the nation's leading wine trade publications.(Read Full Article)
Although it's based in an area with employment challenges, Chris Lake says this program is continuing to grow, creating opportunities for graduates.
Lake finds that a majority of his students want to start their own vineyard. "When I ask people, "What do you want to do with this?" maybe about 40% of them say, "I want to get a job working for a wine maker around here." The other 60% of them tend to ...
A Linfield College student will get hands-on experience working with the Oregon Wine History Archive (OWHA) at Linfield, thanks to a grant from the Erath Family Foundation.
The grant, renewable annually, establishes the Erath Internship and provides funding for a student internship for an academic year, including full time during the summer, to continue work on the OWHA at Linfield.
“This grant represents one more important step in Linfield’s partnership with the Oregon wine industry,” said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie. “We are proud and very grateful for the support and endorsement of the Erath Foundation Board.”
The archive ...(Read Full Article)
U.S. scientist Greg Jones is the man credited with inventing the academic field of wine climatology, back in 1997. Today, he sits on numerous scientific committees and is an expert on the effects of climate change on viticulture. Based at Southern Oregon University, Jones was included in Decanter’s 2009 wine industry “Power List."
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Kentucky, went to school in New Orleans, Hawaii and San Francisco. I moved to Colorado and lived there through most of the 1980s.
Is it true that you did not complete secondary school until you were ...(Read Full Article)
Four students - one from Oregon and three from Spain - are participating this fall in an exchange program to foster connections between Southern Oregon and Spanish wineries.
“It’s great for the future,” said Earl Jones, owner of Abacela Winery in Lookingglass. “We are out breeding thought and culture.”
Sarah Griffis, a second-year student of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at Umpqua Community College, is interning at the Dominio de Cair winery in Spain.
Meanwhile, Spanish winemaking students are interning at Abacela Winery and Delfino Vineyards in Roseburg and Troon Vineyard in Grants Pass.
They are the first Spanish students from ...(Read Full Article)
Greg Jones, one of the wine world’s top climatologists, reported that growing degree-day accumulation through Aug. 31 ranged from 17 to 30 days earlier than average in four major regions for Oregon vineyards.
“In other words, we would not expect to reach these growing degree-day numbers until the third week to the end of September,” the University of Southern Oregon professor wrote in the latest update he distributed Tuesday to the wine industry from his Ashland office.
The heat unit totals for the four areas Jones highlighted in his report ranged from 14 to 22 percent higher than the ...(Read Full Article)
The third Oregon Wine Industry Cluster Conference is slated for Aug. 23, and organizers are hoping it will tap a diverse range of perspectives to build on the foundation established by the previous conferences held in 2008 and 2010. (See “Southern Oregon Wineries Look Ahead.”)
“Our general interest in developing this conference was to pull together people who had something to say about the wine economy and where it’s headed, right now, in Oregon,” said Allison Priestley, who as program assistant for the Southern Oregon Wine Institute has worked to organize the conference.
“Rather than just having vintners and ...(Read Full Article)
In the closing days of the 2013 legislative session, Oregon lawmakers approved $1.2 million for Oregon State University to enhance the Agricultural Experiment Station’s fermentation sciences program.
Demonstrating broad bipartisan support, the legislation was sponsored by 41 Oregon lawmakers.
“It’s significant that a strong coalition of industry members and key legislators supported this initiative, given the challenging funding environment,” said Jim Bernau, founder of the Willamette Valley Vineyards. “This research effort will create more Oregon jobs in these growing industries.”
The funding will support university research in all aspects of the production of high value wine, beer ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s lawmakers know the value of agriculture, and they are now spending more than $1 million to expand Oregon State University’s fermentation sciences program.
The program began in 1995 thanks to a $500,000 gift from Willamette Valley Vineyards CEO Jim Bernau, which was matched by the Oregon Legislature. That was enough to establish an endowed professorship for OSU fermentation science. That spawned more programs for brewing science, winemaking and viticulture, dairy and breads, according to OSU.
This year’s Legislature approved $1.2 million to enhance the OSU fermentation science program. It was sponsored by 41 legislators ...(Read Full Article)