9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Advanced SO2 Management
“Advanced Winemaking” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Technical Editor, WineMaker Magazine
Managing sulfite levels in your wine is one of the most important skills you need as a winemaker. Too much and your wine has an obvious defect and not enough means a high potential for spoilage. Learn about new research into sulfite as well as new ways to test and adjust your sulfite levels with help from WineMaker’s Technical Editor Daniel Pambianchi.
Must Adjustments and Treatments
Enology Lecturer, Cornell University
Must Adjustments and Treatments – A balanced must is critical for making good wine. Learn how to get your must’s pH, Brix, tannins, and other structural elements in harmony before you start fermentation with Cornell University’s Dwayne Bershaw.
The Vine Balancing Act
Viticulture Community Educator
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Having the vines in your home vineyard in balance will produce better grapes leading of course to better wine. Understand the keys to vine balance including canopy management (shoot thinning, leaf pulling) and long-term vine health concepts (taking care of renewal shoots and next year's buds) in addition to the appropriate ratio of canopy to fruit with Cornell University’s Gillian Trimber.
Award-Winning Kit Winemaker Roundtable
Listen in as top award winners from past WineMaker International Wine Competitions share their tips and secrets for making great wine from kits. Find out from your fellow kit winemakers about their keys to success and techniques for creating your own award-winning kit wines.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
To Oak or Not to Oak
Winery Manager & Winemaker, UC-Davis
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
To Oak or Not to Oak — that is a winemaker's dilemma. Discover how wine style is created in a barrel or fermenter and the impact of the different key winemaking decisions you’ll make that will determine the final wine in your glass. Plus how to craft your wines to best take advantage of their oak or stainless environments.
Advanced Troubleshooting Q&A: Ask the Experts
You’ve got winemaking questions? Our WineMaker Columnists have answers. Here’s your chance to figure out what went wrong with that last batch of wine or answer any other wine question from two of our columnists – Bob Peak and Daniel Pambianchi. Bob and Daniel have decades of winemaking knowledge and will answer your winemaking questions as you also learn from the answers to your fellow attendee questions in this interactive session geared toward beginner and intermediate hobby winemakers.
Making Ice Wine
Winemaker, Sheldrake Point Winery
In the Finger Lakes and other northern-based wine regions, Mother Nature has to really cooperate for the traditional production of dessert ice wine. From harvesting and processing frozen grapes to the special challenges of a high-sugar fermentation, making ice wine is not easy, but the rewards can be well worth it. Learn ice wine tips and techniques from a Finger Lakes award-winning producer and also how you can best capture that magic of making ice wine at home.
Award-Winning Hybrid Grape Wine Roundtable
More and more hybrid grape varieties are being released resulting in a boom of new winemaking opportunities in cool-climate regions of the US and Canada. But making wine from hybrid grapes is not always the same as vinifera grapes with lower tannins, higher acidity, and lower sugar levels as a rule. We’ve gathered fellow home winemakers who have recently make medal-winning wine form hybrid grapes to share their specific hybrid grape winemaking tips and techniques with you.
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Address
General Manager, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars
Dr. Konstantin Frank is widely credited for changing the face of winemaking in the Finger Lakes when he planted the region’s first vinifera grapes more than 50 years ago. Meaghan Frank is the fourth generation to carry on her great-grandfather’s legacy at their family’s winery on Keuka Lake. Learn more from Meaghan about the history of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and where it is headed next.
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Understanding pH & Acidity
Winery Management & Winemaker, UC-Davis
"Varietal Focus: Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
pH and acidity are two intertwined keys to better wines. The more you know about the important impact of pH and acidity on the quality of wine in your glass, the better a winemaker you can be when faced with critical decisions. Gain a great understanding of pH and acidity with WineMaker Columnist Chik Brennemann of UC-Davis.
Making Great Wine from Juice
Winemaker, Fulkerson Winery
Sayre Fulkerson not only runs an award-winning commercial winery on Seneca Lake, but he also sells fresh juice each harvest to home winemakers – enough for the hobbyists to make the equivalent of 13,000 cases of homemade wine annually. He’ll share his key tips and techniques he’s learned first-hand over the decades being the region’s top juice supplier to home winemakers how you can craft your own great wine at home from juice.
Science of Food and Wine Pairing
“Techniques” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Science of Food and Wine Pairing – There is much more to wine and food pairing than what conventional wisdom tell us how to match. Join Bob Peak as he explores the science behind complimentary and contrasting taste. To better understand the subject he’ll lead a real-life case study of the actual foods being served later that day at Friday night’s Tasting Party and how to approach matching different wines to each of these foods.
Grape Growing Q&A: Ask the Experts
Bring your best backyard grape growing questions to this session featuring three viticulture experts: Commercial vineyard owner Peter Brehm, WineMaker Columnist Wes Hagen, and Cornell’s Gillian Trimber. They will field your growing questions for 75 minutes and help you troubleshoot your home vineyard problems as you learn from their decades worth of hands-on grape growing knowledge.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Winemaker Workshop: 3 Ways to Rose'
An exciting world of rosé wines beyond White Zin is being rediscovered across North America and right here in the Finger Lakes. Join local rosé winemaker Dave Breeden as he discusses the three main techniques to make rosé - saignée, blending, and early pressing – along with local rosé samples produced using each of the three techniques discussed.te the wine, but critically examine it. Evaluating your wine is an important skill to develop for any winemaker and Alison will help you better understand how to use this tool to improve your wines.
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
WineMaker Tasting & Wine Sharing Party
Pack up some of your favorite homemade wines for the conference because here’s a great chance to share wines and ideas with fellow hobbyists from across North America. Bring a bottle of your own wine to pour with fellow attendees and try someone else’s wine at our Wine Sharing area. Plus local Finger Lakes commercial wineries will be pouring wines to sample. Add a buffet highlighting Finger Lakes foods and it is the perfect opportunity to get to know speakers and attendees as you talk winemaking all evening.