When A Good Wine Goes Bad – OSU workshop on April 25 in Portland for winemakers

April 2, 2008

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Extension enologist James Osborne will offer a day-long workshop, "When Good Wine Goes Bad – A One-Day Workshop on the Microbial Spoilage of Wine," on Friday, April 25, in Portland.

The event will be at the OSU Food Innovation Center, 1207 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 154.

In the workshop, Osborne will discuss the various microorganisms present during the winemaking process that can cause wine to spoil. He will lead participants in a series of wine tastings to illustrate specific spoilage issues and associated taints in wine. He will also teach participants about the use of a microscope as a diagnostic tool in the winemaking process.

As part of the OSU Extension Service's programming, Osborne shares his wine-making expertise with winemakers around the state, including the Willamette Valley wine region, where there are more than 200 winemakers and 10,000 acres of wine grapes planted. In addition, he is an assistant professor in OSU's Department of Food Science and Technology, where he teaches enology and conducts research of interest to wine processors.

The April 25 workshop, sponsored by the OSU Department of Food Science and Technology, the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Wine Board, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $35 per person. Register online.

For more information, contact James Osborne by e-mail, or call 541-737-6494.

Author: Carol Savonen
Source: James Osborne