Sessions will run pre-conference Thursday, June 1 and select sessions will be available post-conference Sunday, June 4. Boot Camps are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include lunch. Attendance is limited to just 35 attendees per session and do sell out. This add-on boot camp beyond the conference registration is a great opportunity to get an in-depth learning experience in a small audience setting and learn hands-on from experts.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 BOOT CAMPS
NEW - Winemaking from Grapes at Cornell University's Teaching Winery
With Kathy Arnink $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Join Cornell Enology Professor Kathy Arnink a short walk from our conference hotel at Cornell’s new state-of-the-art teaching winery facility on campus. She will take you through all the steps of making wines from grapes including crushing and fermenting all the way to bottling. Learn how to work with fresh grapes and operate the different pieces of equipment and the tests you’ll have to run on your wine. This is a great opportunity to learn more about winemaking beginning to end so your experience back home will be more successful. You’ll spend a memorable day learning from one of Cornell’s winemaking professors right in their working winery classroom.
NEW - Cidermaking at Cornell University's Teaching Orchard
With Chris Gerling $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Join Cornell University’s Chris Gerling and Eric Shatt, manager of Cornell Orchards and co-owner of Redbyrd Cider at Cornell’s campus orchard and working classroom to learn all the steps you need to know to successfully craft your own hard cider, both still and carbonated, at home. Chris has helped hundreds of hobby and commercial cidermakers learn how to make their own cider throughout New York State as part of his outreach extension work. He’ll have oyu roll up your sleeves and take you through all the steps of making hard cider from apples including crushing, pressing, fermenting, and all the way to bottling. You’ll get to know how to choose apples and also walk Cornell’s own orchard right outside your classroom. Plus you’ll get to know cidermaking equipment and the tests you need to run on your cider. This will be a very unique opportunity to learn about cidermaking from beginning to end at Cornell’s own facility.
NEW - Hybrid Grape Winemaking
With Anna Katharine Mansfield $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Within the last decade more and more interspecific hybrid wine grape cultivars are being released and grown successfully in cool- and cold-climate regions across the northern U.S. and Canada. Cornell University’s Anna Katharine Mansfield will walk you through the more popular cultivars and the key winemaking techniques for diverse hybrid wine classes to allow you to you take advantage of these diverse wine grapes that are rapidly gaining in popularity. Over the course of the full day, in this small-class environment, you’ll discuss in detail the different winemaking challenges some of these grapes raise, such as controlling acidity and managing tannins, and how best to address those in your home winery to make the best wine possible. You’ll also have a chance to taste finished examples of these hybrid grape varieties as you get to know these grapes from the vine to the home winery to the glass.
NEW - Backyard Grape Growing with Cornell Vineyard Tour
With Wes Hagen $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Former professional Vineyard Manager and WineMaker’s “Backyard Vines” Columnist Wes Hagen will lead you through all the steps a small-scale grape grower needs to know: Site selection, vine choice, planting, trellising, pruning, watering, pest control, harvest decisions plus more strategies to successfully grow your own great wine grapes. Plus in the afternoon you’ll get the chance to walk through Cornell University’s nearby Teaching Vineyard to better understand what you’ve learned in the morning session so you can return home ready to better grow your own wine grapes.
NEW - All-Grain Homebrewing
With Bob Peak $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
For the first time we are offering a boot camp geared to brewing beer. Homebrewing is a great hobby to enjoy when you aren’t also making wine. Bob Peak has taught hundreds of brewers how to make their own great beer at his California shop The Beverage People. He’ll take you through the full all-grain process from mashing, sparging, boiling, chilling, fermenting and onto bottling. You’ll get to know the equipment and ingredients first-hand and you will learn all-grain brewing by doing in a small-class setting.
Home Wine Lab Tests
With Chik Brenneman $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
It is very difficult to make great wine if you don’t know how to properly and accurately test your wine. Chik Brenneman of University of California-Davis will take you step-by-step teaching you how to properly test your wine for sulfites, malolactic, acidity, and pH. You’ll have the chance to run these different tests yourself to give you a valuable hands-on learning experience so you can accurately run these tests on your own wine at home.
With Pamela Zorn $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
You make your own wine so now it’s time to learn how to make your own cheese to pair with it in this boot camp offering. Instructor Pamela Zorn has been teaching people how to make cheese for years from her shop Wines and Whey. You’ll learn hands-on to craft soft cheeses as well as be introduced to the world of making your own hard cheese plus understand the keys to making the best cheese from a variety of different milks. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the fun world of home cheesemaking.
Wine Chem 101 Boot Camp
With Daniel Pambianchi $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Understanding the basics of wine chemistry will make you a better winemaker, but not everyone can remember back far enough to the chemistry you might have been taught years before in school classes. WineMaker’s Technical Editor Daniel Pambianchi will break down what you need to know – and why you need to know it – so you will leave with a firm grasp of wine chemistry and how it will help you make improved wines at home.
Insider Winery Tours: Seneca Lake or Cayuga Lake
Seneca Lake or Cayuga Lake - Thursday, June 1 or Sunday, June 4 options $200 for both attendees and non-attendees
This year with easy proximity to two world-class wine regions we are offering two different tour options. Each will be a day of behind-the-scenes tours and tastings. You’ll tour wineries and have plenty of opportunities to ask their professional winemakers your grape growing and winemaking questions. You’ll be served a picnic lunch and have tastings of their award-winning wines as well. Transportation for these two scenic and educational wine tours will be provided roundtrip from our conference hotel, the Hyatt Vineyard Creek. Whatever your choice of the two tour options – Seneca Lake or Cayuga Lake – you can’t go wrong.To give you plenty of planning options, we are offering both the Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake wineries tours Sunday in addition to Thursday. Sunday will visit different wineries than Thursday’s tour schedule. What a great way to begin and end your WineMaking Magazine weekend!