11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
WineMaker Workshop: Wine & Cheese Pairing Strategies
Wine and Cheese – it’s a classic combination. But many people don’t understand how to pair wine with cheese properly. We’ve lined up an expert in both cheesemaking and winemaking – Pamela Zorn of Colorado’s Wine and Whey – to lead us through how to do it right. And of course you’ll have the chance to taste and sip your way through this learning process!
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Address
WineMaker Columnists Live: Hot Button Topics
We’ll have four of our magazine columnists on stage to offer their opinions – and the occasional bad joke - on a variety of winemaking topics.
Winery Manager & Winemaker, UC-Davis
“Varietal Focus” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Winemaker and Brand Ambassador, J Wilkes Wines
“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Technical Editor and “Techniques” Columnist,
President, Alexander Jules Import Company and Metrick Wines
“Advanced Winemaking” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Consulting Winemaker and Brand Ambassador, J Wilkes Wines“Backyard Vines” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Preventing a Stuck Fermentation
Director of Laboratory Operations, White Labs, Inc.
Preventing a Stuck Fermentation – One of the most common problems hobby winemakers run into is a stuck fermentation. Find out how to prevent a stuck fermentation in the first place and if you do have one, what options you have to fix your problem. Neva Parker of San Diego’s White Labs, Inc. will help you conquer this classic challenge for hobby winemakers.
Advanced Troubleshooting Q&A: Ask the Experts
Advanced Troubleshooting Q&A: Ask the Experts - Home winemakers have lots of questions and many can get quite technical with so much science involved in winemaking. Here’s your chance to get as geeky as you want and ask two of our expert columnists – Chik Brenneman and Daniel Pambianchi – your most puzzling winemaking questions. Chik and Daniel have decades of technical winemaking knowledge and will answer your questions as you also learn from the answers to your fellow attendee questions in this season geared toward seasoned winemakers.
Setting Up Bench Trials for Success
Technical Editor and “Techniques” Columnist, WineMaker Magazine
Setting Up Bench Trials for Success – Learn how to accurately adjust your full batch of wine by first using bench trials to test different additions and blends. Understanding the process of running a solid bench trial will open up new creative possibilities without putting your entire batch at risk due to a wrong assumption.
Award-Winning Red Kit Wines Roundtable
Award-Winning Red Kit Wines Roundtable – Red wine entries account for the vast majority of the total winesentered in the WineMaker International Wine Competition. Learn from top award winners from past competitions as they share their tips and secrets for making great red wine from kits. Find out from your fellow kit winemakers about their keys to success and techniques for creating your own red wines.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WineMaker Topic Table Talks
Peer to peer learning from your fellow 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. We’ll have table moderators to make sure conversations remain helpful, relevant, and on subject. 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 subjects of interest to you (and maybe make some new winemaking friends and contacts along the way!)
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
2018 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 2018? 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. Register here.
Full conference attendees please note: If you wish to attend the Saturday night awards dinner, you will also need to sign up to reserve this dinner event in addition to the main conference. Guests of attendees are still welcome to this event and must also register. This special ticketed awards dinner will have a limited number of seats and is expected to sell out.