Labour Market Partnership Project sponsored by the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation to address labour market issues of the wine and grape sector in BC. Key areas include an overview of the LMPP program and then a close look at the sector’s project including a review of the objectives and outcomes (including an industry assessment to determine the viability of an apprenticeship training program for viticulture/viniculture technicians.).
Spider, rust and bud mites are potential pest problems for Pacific Northwest vineyards and can cause significant economic damage. However, mites are well managed by an assemblage of endemic natural enemies in a low pesticide-input environment.
Plant-parasitic nematodes are recognized to be important pests of grapevine in most major grape-growing regions of the world. This presentation will describe the current state of knowledge about nematodes in vineyards in the Okanagan and other regions, including results from our research. Finally, I will discuss some management options for nematode-infested soils.
Tannin Management of Red Wines from Washington State
“Over the past 6 years, tannin management has been my primary focus as I have managed the red winemaking program for one of Washington’s largest wineries. I have had the good fortune to be able to approach my winemaking from a similar fashion as one might approach research – conducting numerous trials on multiple lots, and following the evolution of those lots as they age. In this presentation I will walk through the advancement of those trials and give my observations on how different techniques affect tannin expression in red wines. Included amongst those techniques will be everything from harvesting and receiving methods, fermentation and cap management techniques, aging regimes, and everything in between.”