Catherine Jones, WSU Viticulture
Beth Mattiessen, Seattle Culinary Academy
Tara Sistrunk, WSU WSU Hospitality Business Managment Program
Catherine graduated from WSU with a BS in Horticulture having majored in Viticulture and Enology. She is now a graduate student in Soil Science at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser, WA. Her project is titled "Yeast Available Nitrogen (YAN) in Wine Grapes with Post Veraison Foliar Nitrogen Applications." The intent of the project is to increase the amount of nitrogen compounds in the grapes that the yeasts can use during fermentation and to determine the impact on the development of flavor compounds. Her ambition, and the project’s goal is to help growers and winemakers produce better products.
Tara is maintaining a 3.6 GPA at WSU while pursuing a BS degree in Organic Agriculture with a minor in Soil Science. She is active in the Sustainable Agriculture Club and educates the WSU community about the latest techniques and technologies in the industry. Her dream is to own and manage a sustainable organic farm and winery here in the great Northwest.