01-09-2021 Scott Burns—Tasting Terroir

Tasting Terroir—Geologic and climate  influences on wine flavors in the Pacific NW (a talk and tasting)

The Lecture

To begin with, Scott will discuss the factors that affect wine flavors, concentrating on the climate and geology of the region.  Oregon and Washington are the number 3 and 2 states in number of wineries in the United States and just across the border, B.C. is the number 2 province in Canada for wine production.  Scott will concentrate on SE Washington and Willamette Valley in Oregon, but will also discuss NW Washington, SW Oregon, and British Columbia (including Vancouver Island which has a solid wine industry too and they are so close to the Olympic Peninsula.  This part will take about 40 minutes with some audience polling questions included.  The last half hour we will ask the different members of the audience (via zoom) what they are drinking and briefly will discuss their terroirs. Come prepared with something to drink – even beer has a terroir story!

The Tasting

We’ll have a virtual wine tasting after the lecture.  So select one of your favorite wines from wherever and taste away while Scott lectures. Afterwards, we’ll have a virtual Happy Hour when we can talk about specific wines, AVAs or wineries.

The Speaker

Scott just finished his 50th year of teaching at the university level.  He has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado, and Louisiana before returning to Portland where he grew up and has been at Portland State for 30 years.  While as a student at Stanford in 1968, he started drinking wine in a fledgling little area called the Napa Valley.  He and Michael Machette both studied under Peter Birkeland at the University of  Colorado. Scott used to make wine in the early 1970’s with his Swiss students and turned that experience into his first published paper in the Journal of College Teaching in 1976.  With the help of his large collection of students, he unlocked the secrets of the different soils in the Willamette Valley that were producing different flavors in the early 1990’s.  He has also done research on terroir in southern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge.  He has been studying Canadian terroir for over 30 years, too.

Garrison-Laney, Carrie

Carrie Garrison-Laney is a tsunami hazards specialist at Washington Sea Grant, and a liaison to the NationalCenter for Tsunami Research at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Carrie’s work includes refining the ages and sources of tsunami deposits in Washington, and numerical tsunami modeling. Carrie also participates in a variety of outreach activities, including Washington’s Tsunami Roadshow.

Carrie earned a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from San Francisco State University; a master’s degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University; a master’s degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Space Sciences, both from the University of Washington.

Carrie spoke about Tsunamis on Feb. 29, 2020.

Machette, Michael

Michael Machette

Michael Machette is a practicing earthquake geologist and the owner of Paleo Seis Surveys LLC, a geologic consulting firm that deals with geologic hazards at critical facilities such as nuclear power plants, dams, and pipelines.  His projects have included a Trans-Turkey gas pipeline, hazard analyses of power plants in Arizona, Brazil, Idaho, and Utah.  He earned a B.Sc. in Geology from San Jose State University in 1972 and his M.Sc. in Quaternary Geology from the University of Colorado in 1975.

For most of his career he was a geologic mapper and research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (1972-2008) in Denver, CO and was the former chief of the their Quaternary fault and fold database for the USA, as well as Chairman of the World Map of Active Faults for the Western Hemisphere.  Over his 36 yr career there, he worked in the InterMountain West, as well as a dozen other countries.

After retiring to Port Townsend in 2008 he built an earthquake resistant house in Kala Point, and served as Treasurer and Secretary over a six-year term as Board member of the Jefferson Land Trust, as well as leader of their Geology Group (QuimperGeology.org).  After the press caught on to the Cascadia subduction zone M9 earthquake and associated tsunami (2015), he organized a workshop on the subject and then give about 15 lectures to local community groups on the Quimper Peninsula.  The workshop and lectures were attended by a total of about 1,500 persons, which helped broaden the message of Earthquake Preparedness in Jefferson County.