ONE SURE SIGN that the Washington wine industry is reaching another level of maturity is that we now have four schools providing winemaking and viticulture education.

Before this development, Washington relied on other regions — typically California — to provide education and training to our winemakers.

The dominant university on the West Coast has been the University of California at Davis, just west of Sacramento. Davis has played an important role in the development of the California wine industry, not only in educating a generation of Golden State winemakers but also providing vital research and advice that helped California develop into a world-class wine region.