o What: “The Promise of Washington Wines,” WSU Vancouver Chancellor’s Seminar Series, with Thomas Henick-Kling, director, viticulture and enology program, WSU Tri-Cities.
o When: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.
o Where: Firstenburg Student Commons, WSU Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver.
o Cost: $25 includes lecture, lunch and parking. Tickets: bit.ly/1vJxfFD
RIDGEFIELD — On a sunny autumn morning, Walt Houser walked the rows of his vineyard, examining the deep purple grapes and calculating when they’ll be ready for harvest.
The previous day, he’d finished harvesting wine grapes at his 15 acres in Dallesport, about 100 miles east in the Columbia River Gorge. Earlier that morning, he and his two full-time vineyard workers had pressed those grapes, which now were fermenting in enormous covered vats.