Join alumni, parents and friends for Summer College on the Whitman College campus. Summer College includes intellectually challenging classes, lively discussions and entertaining experiences exploring the topic of wine. The 2014 session draws from the recent, but rich, history of the Walla Walla Valley’s evolution from small agricultural center to world-class wine region. Each day will include lectures, an optional wine-tasting session and a variety of afternoon activities from which to choose.
Walla Walla has become a premier wine destination with over 100 producing wineries, receiving world-wide attention. This session will tell the story of winemaking in the Walla Walla Valley. A reception featuring wine poured by the winemakers themselves will follow.
Vita vinum est: The Life of Wine in Ancient Rome
Sarah Davies, assistant professor of history
In this talk, we will explore the intertwined stories of Romans, their lives, and their vinum. Using literary and archaeological evidence, we will uncork the secrets of those Romans who made wine, traded in wine, and alternately condemned and celebrated this lifeblood and mirror of a complex, conflicted empire.
Truth, Knowledge, and a Good Glass of Wine
Rebecca Hanrahan, associate professor of philosophy
"In Vino Veritas" (In Wine, there is Truth): through discussion we will explore what it is to be truthful, both to ourselves and to others.
Wine Sensory Evaluation – Standards of Tasting
Jamie Kennedy ’96 will facilitate an educational tasting session to help you develop your wine tasting skills and ability to communicate results of wine tasting. Utilizing the Wine Aroma Wheel created by Anne Noble, the tasting will feature a panel of Whitman alumni winemakers from Walla Walla who will lead you through a tasting of their wine.
The Economics of Wine Crime
R. Pete Parcells, associate professor of economics
This session will look at the past and current work on criminal activity in the world’s wine industry. Falsification of bottle contents, adulterated products and modern methods of criminal activity detection will be discussed and analyzed, and the economic impact of wine crimes and their prevention will be examined.
Fine Wine as an Investable Asset
Lee Sanning, assistant professor of economics
An examination of the returns and risks associated with wine as an alternative investment vehicle. Research has shown that investment grade wines offer a valuable dimension of portfolio diversification. Other types of wine investment, namely investing in futures contracts and investing in mutual funds, will be discussed.
Vertical Taste with Marty Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41
Marty Clubb will lead participants through a tasting of L’Ecole’s Estate Perigee from Seven Hills Vineyard. Vintages from ’03, ’06, ’08 and ’11 will be sampled, plus a bonus pour of L’Ecole’s new ’11 Estate Ferguson from their new Ferguson Vineyard.
Manipulating Yeast for Delicious Wine: The Science Behind Fermentation
Sara Belchik, visiting assistant professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
Humans have been manipulating yeast for centuries to make wine, and the technology to improve the process is continually evolving. In this talk, we will cover the basics behind fermentation as well as delving into how biotechnology is applied in today's wine industry.
The Best of the Best
Taste some of the best wines Walla Walla has to offer, from the flagship Leonetti to the newest up-and-coming wineries. Myles Anderson, one of Walla Walla’s first winemakers and the visionary behind the Center for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College, will lead the tasting.
Optional afternoon activities include:
Blending Experience at Northstar Winery
Start with a tasting of four distinct Merlots from four different regions of Washington, along with a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Petit Verdot, all straight from the barrel. Then compose your own one-of-a-kind bottle of Northstar, complete with a custom label.
Wine and Food Pairing at Walla Walla Culinary Institute
Take a tour through the world of basic food and wine pairings. Sample a variety of sparking, white, rose, red and dessert wines and participate in an open dialogue about the pairings that work, which don’t and more importantly, why?
Tour of “The Rocks” with Professor of Geology Kevin Pogue
This tour will visit vineyards and soil exposures that illustrate the differences between the Walla Walla Valley’s unique terroirs.
Self-Guided Wine Walk in downtown Walla Walla
Put your newly-polished tasting skills to use at the 25+ tasting rooms within walking distance of campus.
Wine Tour Bike Ride
Join seasoned cyclists on a gentle 20-mile bike ride from campus to south-side wineries and back. Tasting at four wineries is included.
Each night, optional specialty dinners are planned. On Thursday, a locovore dinner will be served on campus with dinner discussion led by wine critic and writer Paul Gregutt. Friday’s meal will be held at Foundry Vineyards, where owner Mark Anderson ’78 will talk about the intersection of art and wine.
Plans include optional housing in Douglas Hall and on-campus meals. Not interested in staying on campus? Consider Waitsburg Cottages, just a scenic, 20 minute trip from campus http://www.waitsburgcottages.com/ OR check out all the Walla Walla Valley's available lodging options: http://wallawalla.org/lodging/lodging.html