WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Each fall, wineries across the Pacific Northwest get harvest interns. We decided it was only fair that we get one, too.
For the next few months, you will see stories by Abra Bennett, a student at Walla Walla Community College‘s viticulture and enology program. She will primarily write about the Walla Walla Valley, where she lives, providing news updates and feature stories about what is happening during harvest.
Bennett has lived a most interesting life so far. She has had careers in social work, environmental policy and as a personal chef. She lived on Bainbridge Island for several years, and she also has spent considerable time living in France.
Bennett also is a gifted and accomplished writer who has written freelance stories for a number of publications, including Edible Seattle. Bennett has written about wine and food, and she also has been an environmental and agricultural policy writer for several years.
Bennett is unsure whether she will become a winemaker as a result of her studies at Walla Walla Community College. One of her goals is to write a book about the experience of being an older student who goes back to school and learns winemaking.
We met Bennett earlier this year while we were speaking at Walla Walla Community College about wine marketing and working with the media. She later contacted us because a nontraditional internship appealed to her.
We anticipate publishing one to two stories per week from Bennett, starting next week.