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James Osborne

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James is as an Associate Professor and Enology Extension Specialist in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University. He received his PhD from Washington State University in 2005 researching interactions between wine yeast and malolactic bacteria after which he spent time in his native New Zealand working at the University of Auckland and Delegat’s Winery. His current research focuses on the impact of wine microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria, Brettanomyces, and non-Saccharomyces yeast on wine quality. James is the statewide enology extension specialist for Oregon providing outreach programs for the Oregon wine industry. This includes the development of industry workshops and seminars to aid in the transfer of relevant research results to commercial application as well as technical workshops focused on various enology topics. In addition, James also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in support of the enology and viticulture program at Oregon State University.

Content by James Osborne

Winemaking basics: Can you trust your pH meter?

This article provides practical advice for the use of a pH meter in the winery, including how to ensure accurate readings and maintenance of the pH probe.

James Osborne | Mar 2021 | Article

How to Assess whether Grapes and Wines are affected by Wildfire Smoke Exposure

This article describes how to evaluate grape berries and wine for smoke aromas imparted by wildfire smoke exposure.

James Osborne, Patricia Skinkis, Elizabeth Tomasino | Sep 2020 | Article

James Osborne, Wine Microbiologist

James Osborne is a microbiologist and researcher with the Oregon Wine Research Institute, based at Oregon State University. His work takes him into the universe of tiny living things--the microorganisms and chemicals that make such...

James Osborne | Apr 2018 | Video

A melange of wine research

Oregon State University is home to the Oregon Wine Research Institute, which is comprised of 12 core scientists with expertise in areas that include viticulture, enology, pest management, flavor chemistry and sensory analysis. It's ...

James Osborne | Jul 2014 | Video

Dealing with damaged fruit in the winery

This article describes how to process fruit that is damaged in the vineyard due to cracking and infestation by fruit flies.

James Osborne | Oct 2019 | Article

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