05-02-2015 Scott Burns: Geology of Washington Wines

About the Talk

Terroir II—The Geology of Washington Wines

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Geology professor emeritus and oenophile Dr. Scott Burns of Portland State University will give an illustrated lecture on the influence of geology on grapes, how they grow, and the effect on wines. This topic—commonly known as terroir—will focus on the Columbia River Basin and its geologic history.  The talk will feature two local wineries that get their grapes from that region.

About the Speaker

Dr. Burns has taught geology for nearly 35 years with a specialization in soils, geomorphology, and regional geology. Terroir is one of Scott’s many passions; his presentations are hugely popular with wine enthusiasts, cooks, and geologists throughout the Pacific Northwest. Scott’s previous terroir lecture in May 2010 was sold out well in advance, and this event is largely in response to many requests for an encore performance.

Our featured wineries are from the Olympic Peninsula: Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles, owned by Don Corson, and Lullaby Winery in Port Townsend, owned by Virginie Bourgue. These vintners will speak about their source vineyards and their wines, and they will offer a tasting of two fine wines from each winery.

This event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson Land Trust to support their work to protect local forests, farms, and wildlife habitat in Jefferson County.  The lecture and wine tasting will be in the USO Building at Fort Worden on Saturday, May 2nd from 3 to 5 pm.

05-08-2010 Scott Burns: Wine Geology

About the Talk

Terroir of the Pacific Northwest:  A Scientific Wine Tasting

If you’ve ever wondered why wine tastes differently grown in one region over another, it may very well be due to the terroir (pronounced tair-wah)—a French term describing the geology, soils, and climate of a region which influence a grape varietal’s quality and contributes to the personality of the wine.

Our host for Terroir in the Pacific Northwest: A Scientific Wine Tasting is Dr. Scott Burns. This fundraising event is will be held at the USO Hall at Fort Worden State Park and sponsored by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s (PTMSC) Geology Group.

For many years, our geology study group has explored a variety of topics and this is one that will fascinate both scientists and wine aficionados alike, said Anne Murphy, executive director for the PTMSC. “We’re pleased to welcome Scott Burns to Port Townsend.”

With his perspective as a professor of geology at Portland State University, Dr. Burns’ presentation and wine tasting will address the terroir of the Columbia and Willamette River Valley appellations in Washington and Oregon respectively through the geology of each region, then compare and contrast two wines from each of those areas.

About the Speaker

Dr. Burns has taught geology for nearly 35 years with a specialization in soils, geomorphology, and regional geology. Terroir is one of Scott’s many passions; his presentations are hugely popular with wine enthusiasts, cooks, and geologists.

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