Oct. 20: Tasting event features blends created by WSU wine students

By Kaury Balcom, WSU Viticulture & Enology

blended-learning-wine bottlePULLMAN, Wash. – Meet WSU viticulture and enology students and taste select wines from the “Blended Learning” student-made wine series, 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center.

Students from the Viticulture & Enology Program, http://wine.wsu.edu/education, will pour two white wines and two red wines developed in their Blended Learning class. The tasting event coincides with WSU Homecoming festivities and the Cougars’ home football game, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, against the University of Colorado.

wine being poured at blended-learning-wine tasting eventTickets for the wine tasting event cost $5 and can be purchased at the door. Those tasting must be 21 or older. Identification will be verified. Special pricing will be offered on featured Blended Learning wines.

Two to four wines developed in the class series are released each year at the Blended Learning Spring Release Party in Richland, Wash. Wines are sold at retail outlets throughout the state and will soon be available online at http://wine.wsu.edu/shop.

The four wines featured this year include:

  • 2016 Dry Riesling, from Yakima Valley, vineyard: Boushey Vineyards, Yakima Valley, partner winery: Fidelitas
  • 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, from Columbia Valley, vineyard: Bacchus Vineyard, partner winery: Washington State University
  • 2014 Grenache, from Wahluke Slope, vineyard: Milbrandt Vineyards, Clifton Hill, Wahluke Slope, partner Winery: Fidelitas
  • 2013 Barbera, from Yakima Valley, vineyard: Lonesome Spring Ranch, partner winery: Fidelitas

For more information, see the WSU Wine Center site.



  • Elizabeth McManus, Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, 509-335-0088, elizabeth.rudd@wsu.edu
  • Kaury Balcom, WSU Viticulture & Enology Program, 509-572-5540, kaury.balcom@wsu.edu