Bruce Bordelon is a professor of viticulture at Purdue University where he has been part of the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1991. He provides statewide extension support for the grape and small fruit industries in Indiana through a series of workshops, symposia, newsletters and web-based educational materials. His research interests include evaluation of new grape cultivars, matching cultivars to sites, integrated pest management, and vineyard management to improve fruit quality. Bordelon works closely with colleagues in surrounding states through the Midwest Fruit Workers Group. Bordelon received a B.S. in plant pathology from Oklahoma State, M.S. in plant pathology from Montana State and Ph.D. in fruit breeding and genetics from the University of Arkansas. Bruce will be teaching "Backyard Grape Growing" where he 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, common troubleshooting, plus more strategies to successfully grow your own great wine grapes.
Chik Brenneman is the Department of Viticulture and Enology Winemaker and facilities manager responsible for oversight of the campus winery and vineyards. Chik holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from California State University, Sacramento, awarded in 1983. He received his Master’s Degree in Food Science with a concentration in Enology from the Department of Viticulture and Enology in 1998. Over the last 5 years Chik has worked with the Honey and Pollination Center at UC Davis to develop a MEAD making program. Chik first started making mead in 2004 when his cousin dropped of 50 pounds of honey that he had no idea what to do with. Join Chik Brenneman who leads meadmaking classes for University of California-Davis as he takes you through the keys to making a great mead at home including key techniques, yeast selection, fermentation strategies, and more in the Friday, November 3 Boot Camp "Meadmaking". On Saturday, November 4, you’ll learn how to choose apples and get to know cidermaking equipment and the tests you need to run on your own hard cider, both still and carbonated, at home with Chik's "Cidermaking" Boot Camp. On Sunday, November 5, Chik leads the "Home Wine Lab Tests" Boot Camp 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.
Before joining The Beverage People in 2003, Bob Peak was General Manager at Vinquiry, a wine testing laboratory in Windsor, California. Bob holds a degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and has pursued additional studies in wine at Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of California-Davis extension. Bob has a 1/3 acre hobby vineyard where he grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and writes the "Techniques" column for the magazine. Join Bob for his popular, hands-on "Winemaking From Grapes" Boot Camp that regularly sells out at other locations. Bob will take you through all the steps of making wines from fresh 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.
TOM PAYETTE, a premier hands-on and analytical winemaking consultant, serves clients throughout the Eastern U.S. and internationally. His extended expertise focuses on winery and vineyard start-ups and expansions, still and sparkling wine production, and general winery issues. Tom has 25 well-rounded years of experience in still and sparkling wine production in Virginia along with seven years of experience in ultra-premium Bordeaux varietal wine production in Napa, California and has his Food Science Degree from Virginia Tech. He will be teaching the "Starting Up a Commercial Winery & Going Pro" Boot Camp.