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2016 National Conference Sessions

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Friday, November 4 - 9:00 am

The 75 Minute Wine Expert

Dr. Joseph A. Fiola, Specialist in Viticulture at University of Maryland & Dr. Gary C. Pavlis, Agricultural Agent at Rutgers University

 

California Sweet Wines 

Peter Prager, President, Sweet & Fortified Wine Association & Kenneth Young, Executive Director, Sweet & Fortified Wine Association

 

A comparison of cool and warm climate wines in South Africa - from Elgin to Stellenbosch

Richard Kershaw, MW

 

The Father of Prosecco and How He Changed the World

Domenico Scimone, Managing Director of Carpene-Malvolti & Paul Wagner, President of Balzac Communications & Marketing

 

Exploring the Douro Valley; a Dramatic Landscape, Producing Excellent Wines

Michael Schaefer, CWE

 

An Extraordinary Tuscan Experience - FULL

Sharron McCarthy, CSW – VP of Wine Education at Banfi Vintners

 

Cremant de Champagne

Lee Schlesinger, Sales Director for Winesellers Ltd.

 

Friday, November 4 - 11:00 am

 

Virginia Wine Today

Richard Leahy, Independent Wine Writer and Author

 

South African White Blends – The Next Big Thing

Peter F. May, Wine Writer, Author and Lecturer


FLX Aromatic Whites – on Fire!

Bob Madill, Wine Director at Kindred Fare Farm-to-Table Restaurant

 

Going Native with Lodi Zinfandel - FULL

Stuart Spencer, Lodi Winegrape Commission & St. Amant Winery

 

Exploring the Jewels of Verona; Gold from Pieropan – Rubies from Allegrini

Michael Schaefer, CWE

 

Think You Know Everything About Prosecco? THINK AGAIN!

Alan Tardi, U.S. Ambassador, Consorzio Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

 

Bordeaux: the Grands Crus Classes 2013 Vintage - FULL

Paul Wagner, President of Balzac Communications & Marketing

 

Friday, November 4 -  2:30 pm

Nose to Nose: Cognac vs. Armagnac - FULL

 

Hoke Harden, Partner at Taste & Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits & Food

 

Baja California Wines: Visions of a New Generation

Hans Backhoff Jr. – CEO & Winemaker at Monte Xanic, Santiago Cossio – CEO of Bodegas de Santo Tomas,  Alonso Granados – Winemaker at Decantros Vinicola

 

Livermore Valley: History, Charm and World Class Wines

Amy Hoopes, Executive Vice-president & Chief Marketing Officer of Wente Family Estates

 

The New Germany: Red, Dry, Sparkling

Annette Schiller, President of Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Zin Salsa – A Cuban Reprise

Joel Peterson, Founder of Ravenswood Winery & Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist

 

Beyond Brix: A Look Into Quality at Rodney Strong Vineyards

Rick Sayre, Senior Vice-president of Winemaking at Rodney Strong Vineyards

 

Twenty Years of Vintage Port

Lee Schlesinger, Sales Director at Winesellers LTD.

 

Saturday, November 5 - 9:00 am

Wine Judge Continuing Education – The Cube Project, West Coast Pinot Noir - FULL

 

Annemarie Morse, AWS Certified Wine Judge, Wine Educator

 

South Africa Cape Blends – Truly Expressive

Peter F. May, Wine Writer, Author and Lecturer

 

The State of White Wines in the American Rhone Nation - FULL

Larry Schaffer, Owner & Winemaker, Tercero Wines; William allen, Owner & Winemaker, Two Spepherds; Randall Grahm, Owner & Winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyard

 

The New Classification of German Wines – the VDP Classification

Annette Schiller, President of Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

 

Oceanside Chat with Mary Roca

Mary Rocca, Owner of Rocca Family Vineyards and Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist

 

Water, Wine & Wisdom: Mendocino County and the Future of Agriculture

Tim Thornhill, Chief Operating Officer of Mendocino Wine Company

 

Tempranillo Shootout! - FULL

Stuart Spencer, President of TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates & Producers Society)

 

Saturday, November 5 - 11:00 am

Stuck & Sluggish: When Yeast Need Encouragement

Ellie Butz, Technical Representative, Lallemand Oenology

 

Fruit Wines You Can Believe In

Richard Leahy, Wine Writer, Conference Manager for the Eastern Winery Exposition

 

The State of Red Wines in the American Rhone Nation

David Yates, General Manager, Jaffurs Wine Cellars; Mark Stern, Director of Sales, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery; David Gates, Sr. VP Vineyard Operations, Ridge Vineyards

 

Laetitia and Nadia….Hidden Gems of the California Central Coast

Nadia Zilkha, Owner of Laetitia Vineyard and Winery

 

Rat Pack California Wine Challenge - FULL

Joe Fiola, Gary Pavlis, Frank Aquilino, Tony Lawrence, Sharyn Kervyn

 

How Dull Old Zinfandel Became the Cool, New Thing

Joshua De Loach, National Sales Manager for Hook & Ladder Winery

 

The Insider’s View of Charles Krug Winery - FULL

Peter Mondavi Jr., Co-Proprietor, Charles Krug Winery

 

Saturday, November 5 - 2:45 pm 

Finishing the Wine: Tools for Correcting, Altering and Stabilizing

Michael Jones, Fermentation Specialist at Scott Laboratories

 

Colheita Ports: Tasting History in a Glass

Tania Oliveira, Sogevinus Fine Wines

 

Showcasing Their Family Jewels; The Outstanding Grappas from Nonino

Michael Schaefer, CWE

 

Santa Lucia Highlands: The Next Great Pinot Noir Area - FULL

Tony Baldini, President of Hahn Family Wines

 

Lodi Rhone Rules: Raising the Braise

Stuart Spencer, Lodi Winegrape Commission & St. Amant Winery and Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist

 

Exploring the ‘90’s in Magnum

Joel Peterson, Founder of Ravenswood Winery

 

Try Some Other Italian Wines: Native Grapes of Italy

Rick Cusker, CSW & Italian Wine Professional

 

Saturday, November 5 - 4:45 pm

Aromatizzato!

Hoke Harden, Taste & Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits and Food

 

EVOO: What You Need to Know About Olive Oil

Ann Sievers, Owner & Founder of IL Fiorello

 

Syrah, Washington’s Iconic Red Wine - FULL

Michael Schaefer, CWE

 

Historic California Fortified Wines

Kenneth Young, Executive Director of the Sweet & Fortified Wine Association

 

Château Climens, Premier Cru Barsac and Savory Dishes…who knew?

Bérénice Lurton, Owner of Château Climens & Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist

 

Colorado’s High Elevation Wines, The Taste from the Top

Doug Caskey, Executive Director, Colorado Wine Industry Development Board

 

La Primera Zona: Wines from the Luján de Cuyo region of Argentina

Federico Ruiz, Export Director, Nieto Senetiner and Ruca Malen wineries

  

 

 

 

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