Conference

Sunday, June 4, 2023 WineMaker Conference Boot Camps

Optional Boot Camp sessions will run pre-conference Thursday, June 1, 2023 and post-conference Sunday, June 4, 2023.  Each Boot Camp is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes 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. Don’t wait since each class is limited to 35!

Judging & Scoring Wines          
With Bob Peak $250 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’ll learn how to evaluate your own and other wines in the same way as a trained wine judge. WineMaker’s Technical Editor and “Techniques” Columnist Bob Peak is also an experienced wine, cider, and beer judge. He’ll carefully lead you through the same 20-point UC-Davis evaluation sheet that forms the foundation of most wine judging events including our own 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. REGISTER HERE

Small Winery Start-Up
With Genevieve Rodgers  $250 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Ever think about taking your home winemaking hobby pro and opening your own small-scale winery? Lots of WineMaker readers say they’ve dreamed about opening a small winery. Join Genevieve Rodgers, a successful winery start-up consultant, for this workshop. She’ll lead you through the steps, planning decisions, and key financial numbers you need to know if you want to open a smaller-scale commercial winery. Learn from her years of expertise and wide experience to help you better achieve your dream of running your own small winery. REGISTER HERE

Willamette Valley Wineries Insider Tour
($250 for Conference Attendees & Non-Attendees)

This conference with easy proximity to the southern end of the Willamette Valley we’ll be offering tours on both Thursday and Sunday. Each will be a full day of behind-the-scenes tours and tastings. You’ll tour several wineries as you explore the world-famous Willamette Valley and have plenty of opportunities to ask their professional winemakers your winemaking and grape growing questions. You’ll be served lunch along the way and have tastings of award-winning wines. Transportation for this scenic and educational wine tour will be provided roundtrip from our conference hotel, The Graduate. Sign up early since we are limiting this tour to just ten people.  REGISTER HERE


Day Two of Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry
With Clark Smith *Deadline to register for this Boot Camp is May 11, 2023
(See full description of this two-day boot camp in the Thursday boot camp section.)

Click here for Thursday, June 1 Boot Camp Options

Paso Robles Wineries Insider Tour
Edna Valley Wineries Insider Tour
$225 for Attendees and guests

This year with easy proximity to world-class wine regions both north and south of San Luis Obispo, we are offering two different tour options on both Thursday and Sunday. Each will be a full day of behind-the-scenes tours and tastings. You’ll tour several wineries as you explore Paso Robles or Edna Valley and have plenty of opportunities to ask their professional winemakers your winemaking and grape growing questions. You’ll be served lunch along the way and have tastings of award-winning wines. Transportation for this scenic and educational wine tour will be provided roundtrip from our conference hotel, the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo. have the opportunity to tour one region before the conference and the other region the day after the conference wraps up. REGISTER HERE