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Blending for Style


Friday Mar 18th 2016


UC Conference Center


What: 15-16 WineFlavor 101B: Blending for Style
Save the Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: UC Conference and Welcome Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis
When: 9:00am til about 3:30pm
Cost: $200.00 Registration details are below.

This is a truly unique program for us; it is characterized by an elite group of speakers, all of whom are wine industry professionals! If this is as popular as we think it will be, it may become a more regular occurrence for future V&E Extension programs.
We are continuing the 2015-16 series of the hugely-popular Wine Flavor 101 seminars, targeted specifically to the wine industry, with a day of discussion of the impact of various blending philosophies on the characters inherent in the wines discussed and presented by the speakers. The tastings will be memorable.
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 vineyard impact programs are always very popular and often sell out before the event date.
The agenda follows:

8:30-9:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10: Welcome and Introductions: Linda Bisson, Dept of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
9:10-9:40: Blending for Style: Artistry and Practicality: Signe Zoller, Zoller Wine Styling
9:40-10:20: Blending to Enhance Varietal Character: Celia Welch, Corra and Celia Welch Wines
10:20-10:35: BREAK
10:35-11:15: Blending to Best Represent Time and Place: Michael Silacci, Opus One Winery, includes tasting
11:15-12:00: When a Blend Is the Style: Neil Bernardi, Duckhorn Wine Company, includes tasting
12:00-1:00: LUNCH
1:00-1:40: Blending to Enhance an Existing Popular Style: Charlie Peterson, E&J Gallo, includes tasting
1:40-2:20: Blending Across Yeast Strains: Tom Stutz, La Rochelle, includes tasting
2:20-2:35: BREAK
2:35-3:15: Blending to Achieve a House Style: Rob Davis, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, includes tasting
3:15-3:50: Panel Discussion with All Winemakers: Moderator, Linda Bisson
3:50-4:00: Wrap up and closing comments: Linda Bisson


Dept of Viticulture & Enology