Sunday, July 18, 2021 WineMaker Conference Boot Camps

Boot Camp sessions will run pre-conference Thursday, July 15 and select sessions will be available post-conference Sunday, July 18.  Each Boot Camp is from 10 a.m. to 4 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 & Evaluating Wines          
With Bob Peak $225 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

Wine Chem 101
With Chik Brenneman  $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Understanding the basics of wine chemistry will make you a better winemaker, but not everyone can remember back far enough to the chemistry you might have been taught years before in school. University of California-Davis’ Winery Manager and WineMaker Columnist Chik Brenneman will break down what you need to know – and why you need to know it – so you will leave with a firm grasp of wine chemistry and how it will help you improve your winemaking at home. 
With Chik Brenneman  $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees


Advanced Cheesemaking
With Pamela Zorn  $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Pamela Zorn of Wine and Whey in Colorado builds on the basics of home cheesemaking she covered in Thurday’s Home Cheesemaking Boot Camp and tackles more complex and advanced cheesemaking techniques in this small-class, hands-on session. You will learn to make a broad variety of cheese styles – both hard and soft – in this full-day workshop. Get lessons to take your home cheesemaking to a new level. This Boot Camp assumes prior basic knowledge of home cheesemaking (advanced beginners, intermediates, and experts welcome!) so it is recommended for people who took Thursday’s Cheesemaking Boot Camp with Pamela or if you have some experience already making your own cheese. REGISTER HERE

With Jason Phelps $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Interest in mead is on the rise throughout North America. Now you can learn all the stepsyou need to successfully craft your own homemade honey wines. Instructor Jason Phelps is a professional meadmaker at his Ancient Fire Mead & Cider in New Hampshire. He’ll take you through the keys to making great mead at home including important techniques, yeast selection, fermentation strategies, and more. Learn how to select and work with different honey varieties and best practices for adding additional ingredients such as fruits and spices to your mead. This is a great opportunity to learn about meadmaking beginning to end so you’ll be successful at home. REGISTER HERE

Starting Up a Commercial Winery
With Genevieve Rodgers $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Ever think about going pro and opening your own commercial winery? Lots of WineMaker readers say they’ve thought about making the jump and opening their own commercial winery. Genevieve Rodgers consults every day with commercial winery start-ups and we’re lucky to have her join us to lead you through the steps, planning decisions and key financial numbers you need to know if you want to open up a successful commercial winery. Learn from her expertise and wide range of experience to help you better achieve your dream of going pro! Please Note: This same Boot Camp will also be offered on Thursday, July 15 in addition to Sunday, July 18. REGISTER HERE

Advanced Winemaking From Grapes
With Alex Russan $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

WineMaker Magazine’s “Advanced Winemaking” Columnist and professional winemaker Alex Russan will go beyond the basics to explain more complex techniques to get the most from your winemaking using fresh grapes. This workshop intended for intermediate and expert home winemakers will tackle a range of tips: From dialing in extraction levels on the front end all the way to protecting your wine with advance tips through bottling. Please Note: This same Boot Camp will also be offered on Thursday, July 15 in addition to Sunday, July 18. REGISTER HERE


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. So now you’ll have the opportunity to tour one region before the conference and the other region the day after the conference wraps up. REGISTER HERE