Kevin Pogue is a professor of geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, known for his expertise on terroir for winegrape production, a specialty in which he has been termed a "leading global expert". He works both as an academic geologist, and as a consultant for grape farmers and land investors. The New York Times said "[t]he importance of the work of Dr. Pogue...signals the increasing maturity and seriousness of the Washington wine industry. In 2018, Dr. Pogue was the recipient of the Walter Clore Honorarium from the Washington State Wine Commission, for his service as an "ambassador, mentor, and champion of Washington Wines".
Early life and education
Pogue is from Lexington, Kentucky. He and received a B.S. in geology from the University of Kentucky, and an M.S. in geology from Idaho State University. He received a doctorate in geology from Oregon State University.
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA
In 2013–2014, Pogue did geological research for, and was the petitioner for, the first sub-appellation of the Walla Walla Valley AVA to be called The Rocks District of Milton–Freewater American Viticultural Area (The Rocks AVA).
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