Brittany Komm, Viticulturist
There was no break after academia for viticulturist Brittany Komm, who was quickly recruited from the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research Extension Center in Prosser to work with Precept Wine VP of Vineyards David Minick in 2014.
Brittany has served as a graduate research assistant starting in 2012. She was previously a WSU graduate teaching assistant leading lab sections for a post-harvest biology and technology class and another in plant propagation. In 2010, she also served as a viticulture intern with Chateau Ste. Michelle in the Columbia Basin. She also worked in the grocery industry earlier in her college years (read: she likes people, not just plants!).
Her scholastic awards are numerous and noteworthy, including receiving the Sandra Saffell Graduate Fellowship in Viticulture and Enology. In 2015, Brittany co-authored an online guide for the WSU Extension on commercial vineyard yield estimation with Michelle Moyer.
Brittany completed her Master of Science studies at WSU-Pullman, preceded by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture-Fruit and Vegetable Management with a Viticulture emphasis from the same school. Her agricultural studies began at Wenatchee Valley College, in her hometown.
Brittany’s unyielding energy and expertise positioned her quickly as the main keeper and collector of field data, instrumental in assisting with crop prediction among many other pursuits. Her responsibility also expanded into stewarding Precept Wine’s Snake River Valley (Idaho) vineyards in 2016. When she’s not zipping around vineyards on an ATV, you’ll find her enthusiastically rooting on her WSU Cougars.