Conference

Saturday, May 18, 2019 WineMaker Conference Schedule

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

ADVANCED MALOLACTIC TIPS
Alex Russan
President, Alexander Jules Import Company & Metrick Wines
“Advanced Winemaking” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Malolactic fermentation plays an important role in many wines. Carrying out a malolactic fermentation is not difficult, but there are techniques and tips to better manage the process and take full control of the end results. Gain a deeper understanding of MLF and how to control using it as a valuable winemaking tool to influence the final taste profile of your wine. Learn these advanced techniques from professional winemaker and WineMaker’s “Advanced Winemaking” Columnist Alex Russan.

 

CRAFTING GREAT COOL-CLIMATE PINOT NOIR
Charlie Edson
Winemaker, Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery

 

 

Lee Lutes
Winemaker, Black Star Farms

 

 
 

Pinot Noir is gaining an increasing foothold with wineries in northern Michigan. Learn some of the winemaking techniques and keys used to make great wines from the “heartbreak grape” in cooler-climate regions from two local professional winemakers with plenty of Pinot experience: Charlie Edson of Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery and Lee Lutes from Black Star Farms.

GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING Q & A
Chik Brenneman
Winery Manager & Winemaker, University of California-Davis
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine

 

 

Bob Peak
Technical Editor and “Techniques” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine

 

 

 

 

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 long-time writers – Bob Peak and Chik Brenneman.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRELLIS FOR YOUR VINEYARD
Wes Hagen
Winemaking and Brand Ambassador, J. Wilkes Wines
“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker MagazineUse the right trellis system and your vineyard will reach its potential, but choose the wrong trellis and you can have a negative impact on the quality of your fruit. What are the keys to picking the right trellis for your vineyard? Learn the various options and how to determine what will work best for your grapevines including understanding how the demands of vine vigor will impact your choice.


10:45 – 11:15 AM

WINEMAKER EXHIBITS – Check out the latest in winemaking equipment, gear, ingredients, and supplies from dozens of the hobby’s top vendors.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

WINEMAKER WORKSHOP: 101 REASONS TO DRINK MORE WINE

Wes Hagen
Winemaking and Brand Ambassador, J. Wilkes Wines
“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Wes Hagen likes to talk about wine almost as much as making and drinking wine. For almost two decades he’s been a WineMaker Columnist and a fan-favorite speaker at every WineMaker Conference. He’ll take the stage in a self-described romp through the science, medicine, history, and religion behind wine drinking and why it matters. If anyone can squeeze 101 reasons into 1 hour it will be Wes!

12:15 – 1:45 PM

LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Paul Hamelin
President, Verterra Winery
President, Traverse Wine Coast
The Traverse City area is located right on the 45th parallel and boasts dozens of wineries in two different AVAs located on glacially-formed peninsulas with over 100 miles of shoreline jutting into the moderating waters of Lake Michigan. Michigan is the 5th largest state for wine grape growing in the US with the state’s wine industry centered in the Traverse region. Learn more about what makes this region such a unique place to make wine from Paul Hamelin who heads up the local winery association Traverse Wine Coast in addition to running his award-winning Verterra Winery on the Leelanau Peninsula.

1:45 – 2:15 PM

WINEMAKER EXHIBITS – Check out the latest in winemaking equipment, gear, ingredients, and supplies from dozens of the hobby’s top vendors.

2:15 – 3:30 PM

FINING & FILTRATION
Chik Brenneman
Winery Manager & Winemaker, University of California-Davis
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
The old adage goes you first taste wine with your eyes and the clarity (or lack of) in your wine sets the stage for the sip to come. Plus a lack of clarity in your homemade wines can be more than a visual defect: Cloudier wines can give way to a host of potential problems including bacterial infections and off-flavors. Learn more about the two main ways to clear your wines with University of California-Davis’ Winery Manager Chik Brenneman. He’ll walk you through various fining agents and how best to use them while aging. He’ll also explore the small-scale filtration options for hobbyists and best practices when filtering your wine before bottling.

ADVANCED COOL-CLIMATE TECHNIQUES
Lee Lutes
Winemaker, Black Star Farms
Making wine from cool-climate grapes isn’t always easy with a shorter growing season driving lower sugars and challenges with ripeness, acidity, and tannins. But winemakers in the northern states and Canada are discovering new ways to get the most out of their grapes. New technologies in the winery and techniques in the vineyard are helping produce deeper, more complex wines when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. Learn more from one of the local leaders in innovative ways winemakers are changing the cool-climate game with professional winemaker Lee Lutes of Black Star Farms.
 

AWARD-WINNING KIT WINEMAKING ROUNDTABLE
A panel of award-winning hobby winemakers of kit wines from the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition will share their advice and tips for success when making wines form kits. Find out from your fellow kit winemakers about their techniques to help you create your own award-winning wines from kits.

ADDING FRUITS TO MEADS
Jason Phelps
Founder & Maker, Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
Making your own meads is gaining in popularity as more hobbyists discover the fun of making wine from honey. Adding fruits to the honey opens up another entire world of creativity to play with while producing a delicious final product in the glass. Learn how to best add a variety of different fruits to mead with professional meadmaker Jason Phelps whose regular lineups includes many meads made with fruits. You’ll gain the tips and techniques to find the perfect blend of honey and fruit for your future meadmaking.

3:30 – 4 PM

WINEMAKER EXHIBITS – Check out the latest in winemaking equipment, gear, ingredients, and supplies from dozens of the hobby’s top vendors.

4- 5 PM

WINEMAKER TOPIC TABLE TALKS
Peer to peer learning with your fwllow home winemakers at its best. We’ll have dozens of tables each assigned a different winemaking topic. For 20 minutes you will trade advice and tips with the other hobbyists at your table on that specific topic. Then you’ll switch tables to another subject of interest to you. In all, you’ll have the chance to gain knowledge on three different winemaking subject you care about (and maybe make some new winemaking friends and contacts along the way!)

7 – 10 PM

2019 WINEMAKER INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR WINE COMPETITION AWARDS DINNER
Find out first who is a medalist in the world’s largest competition for hobby winemakers. What wines will be judged the best for 2019? The official results will be revealed for the very first time during this awards dinner and any winners in attendance will be recognized and come up to receive their medals. Please note: If you wish to attend the Saturday night awards dinner you will also need to sign up to reserve your spot in addition to the main conference. Guests are welcome to this event and must also register. This special ticketed dinner does have limited seats and is expected to sell out.