Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders Workshop - Visit Skagit Valley - North Cascades National Park to Farmlands to Salish Sea

Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders Workshop

Many find enjoyment in a casual wine tasting with friends, and there are a handful of experts that can critically evaluate wine quality and attributes. However, fewer people are able to describe the complexity of hard ciders and fruit wines.

On August 5th, the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) will be hosting a one-day workshop: Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders. The Saturday workshop will introduce the basic principles of wine evaluation including aroma demonstrations, explanations of the winemaking and cidermaking processes, and tastings using fruit wines and ciders produced by local wineries and cideries. The Skagit Valley and surrounding areas are home to innovative winemakers and cidermakers that produce and sell locally to highlight the wealth of the region.

Registration includes lecture materials, lunch, and tastings provided by Eaglemount Winery, Burro Loco Cider and Tulip Valley Winery, Glacier Peak Winery, Westcott Bay Cider, and Pasek Cellars. Register online at:

For those interested in making their own cider, there will also be a week-long Cider & Perry Production workshop the week of October 9th, 2017. Information for this event can be found at For future cider and fermentation events, follow @WSUfermentation on Twitter.