ELLENSBURG — A free presentation on why the Columbia Basin is good for viticulture, or the growing of wine grapes, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hebeler Hall Auditorium on campus at Central Washington University.

The presentation, by Kevin Pogue, geology professor from Whitman College, will be part of a meeting of the Ellensburg chapter of the nonprofit Ice Age Floods Institute, according to a news release.

The talk focuses on how the landscape, climate, geology and soils affect Columbia Basin viticulture.

The presentation is titled: “Geographical and Geological Influences on the Terroirs of the Columbia Basin.”

For more information, contact Nick Zentner, 963-2828, or email nick@geology.cwu.edu.

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