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WineFlavor 101A: The Role of Closures in Wine Flavor Management


Thursday Dec 6th 2012


Freeborn Hall, UC Davis campus


What: 2012-13 Wine Flavor 101A: The Role of Closures in Wine Flavor Management
Where: Freeborn Hall on the North Quad at UC Davis
Time: 9:00am to 4:15pm

We are starting the 2012-13 series of the hugely-popular Wine Flavor 101 seminars, targeted specifically to wine industry professionals, with a day of discussion and evaluation of the 3 main types of closures used in domestic wine production, and their impact on wine flavor. We're acting on your suggestions from last years evaluations: you wanted a more information on closure options.
Remember, these WineFlavor 101 classes are unique, and especially valuable, because of the personal nature of the information that is presented; our speakers/panelists introduce a topic and discuss how the impact characters are expressed in the wine, then the attendees are able to personally evaluate wines, in special tastings, that exhibit the characters discussed in the lecture. We encourage audience participation, so bring your ideas and questions for discussion.
NOTE: These classes are targeted specifically to wine and winegrape industry professionals and, as such, are technical in nature. Register early as these classes have been very popular and often sell out before the event date.
The tentative agenda, which could change slightly between now and December 6, is below:

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration
9:00 Overview of Closure Issues - Linda Bisson, Viticulture & Enology, UCDavis
9:15 Natural Cork: An Industry Perspective - Peter Weber, Cork Quality Council
10:00 Screw Caps: Innovation and Options - Tim Keller, VinPerfect
10:45 Break
11:00 Tasting:
11:30 Synthetic Closures: Practical Solutions - Wes Ward, Technical Sales Mgr, Nomacorc USA
12:15 LUNCH
1:00pm Closure Trials: Industry Experience - Glenn ODell, Constellation Wines, USA
1:30 Break
1:45 Tasting:
2:15 Matching Closure to Wine Style - Anita Oberholster, Viticulture & Enology, UCD
3:00 Break
3:15 Tasting:
3:45 Wrap-up: Recent Closure / Oxygen Transfer Rate Research - Andy Waterhouse, Viticulture & Enology

Cost: $200.00, includes continental breakfast, lunch and all tastings
To register by CREDIT CARD, see
To register by CHECK, see
A map of Freeborn Hall and nearby parking is here: choose Freeborn Hall from the drop-down menu to the left.
Or, on Google Maps:,+Davis,+CA&aq=&sll=38.544071,-121.750227&sspn=0.008375,0.013797&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Howard+Way,+Davis,+Yolo,+California+95616&z=16 Freeborn Hall is at the south end of Howard Way
For questions, either reply to this message or call me anytime (maybe?)

Kay Bogart
Program Director
VENSource Your Source for Grape and Wine Information
Department of Viticulture & Enology
University of California
595 Hilgard Lane, Davis, CA 95616
(530) 754-9876