2126 S.W. Halsey St. / Troutdale, OR, 97060
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Edgefield History Pub
Edgefield - Blackberry Hall
5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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5 pm doors, 6:30 pm eventFree. First come, first served. Arrive early!All ages welcome
Presented by: Scott Burns, Professor of Geology,
Portland State University
Terroir is a French term that is over 400 years old and was used
to describe why wines of one area tasted different from wines of another area,
even though they were the same variety. It is the “taste of the
place”. It is determined by the geology, soil, climate and soil
biota. One of the greatest places in the world to taste differences in
terroir is the Willamette Valley (wine region of the year for the whole world
for 2017 – Wine Enthusiast). The valley grows primarily cool
climate grapes like Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling,
Muller-Thurgau, and Gewürztraminer. Terroir is best expressed in cool
climate grapes like the thin-skinned red grape, pinot noir. There are
four main geological units, three of which are the main wine producing soils:
volcanic soils (Columbia River Basalts and the Jory Soil), marine sediments
(sandstones and shales and the Willakenzie Soil), volcanic soils with old silt
mixed in (Laurel wood Soil) and the lesser used Missoula Flood deposits
(Woodburn Soil). The same winemaker can produce three different wines in
the same year with similar clones if different soils are used. Learn how
to be an educated wine taster in Oregon by attending this talk.
About the Speaker:
Scott is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the
Dept. of Geology at Portland State University where he just finished his 27th
year of teaching. He was also Associate Dean of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences at P.S.U. from 1997-1999. He has been teaching for 47
years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado
and Louisiana. He is a 6th generation Oregonian who grew up in Beaverton
and is very happy to be "home" after a 25 year hiatus!
Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology,
soils, and Quaternary geology. In Oregon, he has projects involving landslides
and land use, environmental cleanup of service stations, slope stability,
earthquake hazard mapping, Missoula Floods, paleo sols, loess soil
stratigraphy, radon generation from soils, the distribution of heavy
metals and trace elements in Oregon soils, alpine soil development, and
the terroir of wine. He has been active in mapping landslides in the
Pacific Northwest since his return to Portland.
Scott has won many awards for outstanding teaching with the
most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech
University in 1987, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Portland State
Alumni Association in 2001, and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in
2007. He has authored over 100 publications and has had over 25
research grants. His first book, Environmental, Groundwater and
Engineering Geology: Applications from Oregon, came out January of 1998.
His second book, Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods
came out in October of 2009 and is co-authored by Marjorie Burns, a friend and
professor at PSU. Scott has been the president of the Faculty Senate at
three different universities: Louisiana Tech University and the American
College of Switzerland and Portland State University. He actively helps
local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to
the public. For the past 47 years he has been studying wine and terroir – the
relationship between wine, soils, geology and climate.
His BS and MS degrees are from Stanford University in California,
plus a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is
has memberships in over 20 professional organizations and is most active
in the Association of Engineering Geologists, Geological Society of America,
National Association of Geology Teachers, and the Soil Science Society of
America. He is past president of the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists
and the Oregon Section of the Association of Engineering Geologists. He
was national chair of the engineering geology division of the Geological
Society of America (GSA) in 1999-2000. . He was national president of the
Association of Engineering Geologists from 2002-2003. He is today president of
the International Association of Engineering Geologists. He was chosen a
fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2004. Scott was chosen a
fellow with the Kellogg National Fellowship Program from 1990 - 1993 based on
his national leadership performance. He was president of the Downtown
Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon’s oldest and largest Rotary club in 2009.
He has been active working with youth as a basketball coach. Scott enjoys all
sports, especially basketball, running, skiing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and
golf. He has been married for 42 years to Glenda, and they have three
children: Lisa (39), Doug (35) and Tracy (32). The Burns family lives in
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
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