Conference

Saturday, May 30, 2020 WineMaker Conference Schedule

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

IMPACT OF DIFFERENT MACERATION TECHNIQUES
Federico Casassa, Ph.D.
Assist. Professor of Enology, Wine and Viticulture Department, Cal Poly
Maceration can take many different forms and each technique can deliver different end results. Dr. Federico Casassa of Cal Poly has performed extensive sensory studies comparing the final results of common maceration techniques such as cold soak, extended maceration, saignee, co-fermentation, as well as stem and whole cluster. Here’s a chance to learn the latest expert research as you consider your own maceration choices with each batch of wine you make.

CLEANING FOR BETTER WINE
Rick Theiner
President and Owner, LOGIC, Inc.
Cleaning and sanitizing is winemaking’s dirty little secret to making better wine consistently. And it is often the most misunderstood and overlooked part of making your own wine. Learn the best and most efficient ways to clean and sanitize your winemaking equipment and gear so can wine can live up to its full potential and be safe from unwanted bacteria and spoilage. Scrub your way to better wine and learn how to best keep your home winery clean with industry expert Rick Theiner.

GRAPE GROWING Q & A
Peter Brehm
President, Brehm Vineyards

Growing Grapes Q & A: Wes Hagen '09

Wes Hagen
Winemaking and Brand Ambassador, J. Wilkes Wines “Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine


Bring your best backyard grape growing questions to this session featuring viticulture experts Peter Brehm and Wes Hagen. They will field your 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.

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: WINE WIZARD LIVE!
Alison Crowe
Winemaker and Partner, Garnet Vineyards
“Wine Wizard” Columnist, WineMaker magazine
Ever since our very first issue of WineMaker published in 1998, Alison has authored our popular “Wine Wizard” question and answer column. Over the years she has answered hundreds of questions for home winemakers, from common to not-so-common problems. A collection of her answers was pulled together into the best-selling “WineMaker’s Answer Book” published in 2007. Since home winemakers never lack for questions, we’ve decided to bring Alison’s column to life and have her answer questions from home winemakers live for one hour. So be sure to bring along any winemaking questions you have about a problem batch or a technique you never quite understood because here’s your unique chance to have Alison answer it directly for you. Plus we will all have a chance to learn from Alison as she

12:15 – 1:45 PM

LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS: WINEMAKER COLUMNISTS LIVE: WINEMAKING TRENDS

Chik Brenneman
Winemaker, Baker Family Wines
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine

Alison Crowe
Winemaker and Partner, Garnet Vineyards
“Wine Wizard” Columnist, WineMaker magazine

Growing Grapes Q & A: Wes Hagen '09Wes Hagen
Winemaking and Brand Ambassador, J. Wilkes Wines
“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine

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

Alex Russan
President, Alexander Jules Import Company & Metrick Wines
“Advanced Winemaking” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine

We’re lucky to have all five of our magazine columnists join us on stage to share their opinions (and the occasional bad joke) on the latest winemaking trends.

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

ADVANCED WINE CHEMISTRY
Chik Brenneman
Winemaker, Baker Family Wines
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Understanding wine chemistry will make you a better winemaker. Chik Brenneman will break down important advanced winemaking chemistry concepts you should know – and why you need to know them – to make better wine at home. To get the most out of this seminar you should have a firm grasp of basic wine chemistry.

MAKING SPARKLING WINE AT HOME
Bob Peak
Technical Editor and “Techniques” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Learn how to produce your own sparkling wine at home with WineMaker’s Technical Editor Bob Peak. He’ll walk you through the steps the classic méthode champenoise as well as putting other non-traditional techniques to use. There’s nothing better than opening up a bottle of your own bubbly. Head home with the know-how to add this new skill to your winemaking arsenal.

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE WINE IN THE VINEYARD
Growing Grapes Q & A: Wes Hagen '09Wes Hagen
Winemaking and Brand Ambassador, J. Wilkes Wines
“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Learn the 10 most important things you can do in your backyard hobby vineyard to improve the quality of your grapes that will translate to better wine in the glass. Longtime vineyard expert Wes Hagen will share his first-hand lessons to grow better grapes so you can end up making better wine.

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 – 5:15 PM

CRUSHABLE: MAKING CARBONATED, LOWER-ALCOHOL MEADS & CIDER
Jason Phelps
Founder & Maker, Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
Crushable is a term you hear more and more to describe a refreshing, carbonated, alcoholic beverage you can easily enjoy on a nice summer day. But why let beer own this category? Jason Phelps professionally makes lower alcohol, carbonated meads and hard ciders that any home winemaker should love to add to their own cellar. Just because it is lower in alcohol or made from apples or honey doesn’t mean it has to be lower in flavor or refreshment. Learn from Jason’s own experience how to stock your fridge this summer with satisfying new choices to serve to friends and family as you round out your winemaking skills.

PAIRING YEAST & BACTERIA

Alex Russan
President, Alexander Jules Import Company & Metrick Wines / “Advanced Winemaking” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
When it comes time to decide which yeast strains you want to use for your fermentation, that decision can’t be made effectively without also considering how that strain will pair with the Malolactic bacteria you use. Understand how best to make sure your yeast strain will work with, and not against, your choice of bacteria and result in a finished wine that will shine.

WINE KIT TROUBLESHOOTING

Gail Tufford
Technical Services Coordinator, Global Vintners
Even though wine kits provide an easy and consistent way to make wine, problems do sometime pop up. From color and clarity issues to off-odors, from stuck fermentations to fermentations that won’t stop, your kit winemaking can veer off course. Learn how to identify and fix common kit mistakes from Gail Tufford of kit producer Global Vintners.

7 – 10 PM

2020 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 2020? 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.