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January 22, 2020 - 8:30AM
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club - CA333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401
8.30 am
9.00 am
Welcome Introduction
9.15 am
2019 Vintage Effect on Vine Development
9.15 am

The State of the Climate

This presentation will review the previous year from a global to a regional perspective, then look at current conditions. The presentation will include a summary of 2019 climate conditions and forecast for the coming vintage.

9.50 am

2019 Vintage Analysis

The Vintage Analysis will focus on plant response at key stages of the growing season. This presentation will be a data-driven review of the 2019 vintage and will be a great opportunity to reflect on what new methods can be executed in 2020.

10.20 am
Coffee Break
10.40 am
2019 Vintage Effect on Berry and Wine Composition
10.45 am

Analysis of 2019 Ripening Kinetics in Sonoma County

What happened in 2019 in terms of berry ripening patterns? How did this impact wine quality? Enology specialist Cecilia Cunningham will walk us through the analysis her company collected throughout the growing season.

11.00 am
Winegrower Forum
11.30 am
Discover Oenology Bridges, Connecting the Vintage to the Cellar
11.35 am

North Coast Wine Grape Logistics; Learnings and Challenges

Explore the most strenuous logistical challenges of the 2019 harvest and how winegrowers have been able to adapt to a flurry of ongoing obstacles to success.

11.55 am

Current Status of Testing Solutions for Smoke Impact

The core question when grapes have been exposed to wildfire smoke is often to what extent their quality, or suitability for winemaking, has been compromised. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of consensus about predicting the risk of smoke characters appearing in wine. This study provides new insights into the fate of smoke compounds in grapes and wines, and invaluable information about the objective assessment of smoke impact in grapes and wines.

12.15 pm

Winemaking techniques to improve quality after the 2019 growing season

2019 was among the most challenging vintages experienced for a decade--low sugar potential, low fruit intensity, and low color. In this presentation, we are going to point out the different options winemakers have available in the cellar to face these challenges and improve quality of their wines. We will particularly highlight the impact of oxygen inputs during alcoholic fermentation that can change the whole story if applied properly.

12.35 pm

Closure and Oxygen: Making a choice is now reality

Closure selection just before bottling is becoming the ultimate oenological act for winemakers. This choice can be for marketing or price but more and more, for winemaking reasons. C Loisel, R&D manager and in charge of the new oenological department for Diam Bouchage, will detail his new permeability results for cork closures and benefits for your wines.

12:55 pm
Technical Sessions Concluding Remarks
1.00 pm
2.00 pm
Viticulture and Oenology Breakout Sessions
2.45 pm
Conclusion and Wine Tasting


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