Sessions will run 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.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 BOOT CAMPS
NEW - Pre- and Post-Fermentation Adjustments & Additives 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 the wide world of adjusting your homemade wines both pre- and post-fermentation with an eye on acid, sulfite, tannins, enzymes, and much more. You’ll learn how to address a broad range of different winemaking scenarios to make the best possible wine from the grapes Mother Nature has given you to work with in your home winery. You’ll spend a memorable day learning from one of Cornell’s winemaking professors right in their working winery classroom.
NEW - Meadmaking
With Chik Brenneman $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Interest in mead is on the rise throughout North America. Now you can learn all the steps you need to successfully craft your own homemade honey wines. WineMaker’s “Style Profile” Columnist Chik Brenneman is also an experienced meadmaking teacher leading mead classes for the University of California-Davis. He’ll take you through the keys to making great mead at home including important techniques, yeast selection, fermentation strategies, and more. Learn how to select and work with different honey varieties as well as best practices for adding additional ingredients such as fruits and spices to your mead. This is a great opportunity to learn about meadmaking beginning to end so you’ll be successful at home.
NEW - Judging and Scoring Wines
With Bob Peak $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Evaluating wine is a skill and tool you need in order to make the best wine you can at home. In this small-class, hands-on session you will learn how to evaluate your own and other wines in the same way as a trained wine judge. WineMaker’s “Techniques” Columnist Bob Peak is also an experienced wine, cider, and beer judge. He’ll carefully lead you through the same 20-point UC-David evaluation sheet that forms the foundation of most wine judging events including the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. You’ll also better understand why wines receive the scores they do and how scoring your own wines with a critical palate will result in you becoming a better winemaker.
NEW - Wine Chem 201
With Daniel Pambianchi $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
WineMaker’s Technical Editor Daniel Pambianchi builds on the basics of wine chemistry knowledge he covered in Sunday’s Wine Chem 201 Boot Camp and tackles more complex and advanced wine chemistry topics in this small-class, full-day session. As always he will break down what you need to know – and why you need to know it – so you will leave with a firm grasp of advanced wine chemistry and how it will help you make improved wines at home.
Starting Up a Commercial Winery and Going Pro
With Tom Payette $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees
Ever think about going pro and opening up your own commercial winery? Lots of WineMaker readers say they’ve thought of making the jump and opening up their own commercial winery. Tom Payette travels the country consulting with commercial winery start-ups and we’re lucky to have him join us to lead this boot camp that will walk you through the steps, planning decisions, and key financial numbers you’ll need to know if you want to open up a successful commercial winery. Learn from his expertise and wide range of experience to help you better achieve your goals and go pro!
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 Statler Hotel located at Cornell University. Whatever your choice of the two tour options – Seneca Lake or Cayuga Lake – you can’t go wrong.