Technical Conference - 19th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival - SOLD OUT

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Price: $100.00   Sold Out!

Attend a full day of educational seminars about winegrowing and winemaking at the Mendocino County Fairground’s Apple Hall in Boonville. A light breakfast & full lunch is included.

Interact with grape growers and winemakers, plus members of the media, while exploring the intricacies of  Pinot Noir produced in Anderson Valley.

19th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Technical Conference Program

“Wine is a story that gives birth to stories, and man, a story-telling animal.” 

                                                                                                            ~Neel Burton

9:30 - AVWA President's Welcome, Joe Webb, Foursight Wines

9:40 – Dr. Rusty Gaffney (Prince of Pinot) will introduce today's program and moderate throughout.

9:50 - 10:00 - Annual State of Pinot Noir
Speaker: Devon Jones, Executive Director of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau, Prepared by Glenn McGourty. Winegrowing and Plant Science Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension Mendocino County. Glenn has been one of the most active, influential and successful contributors to the Mendocino agricultural community and continues to be a vital resource for farmers of all kinds. Topics will include price structuring, crop yields and the results of the latest Mendocino County Vineyard Census.

10:00 - 10:15 Mendocino Focus on Labor Laws & Herbicide/Pesticide Application Issues
Speaker: Devon Jones, Executive Director of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau

10:15 - 11:00 - A River Runs Through It - Part IV - Balancing the Water Needs of Fish and Farming: A Case Study of the Challenges of Doing the "Right Thing"
Speakers: Nancy A. Smith, Senior Project Manager Water Program with The Nature Conservancy; Arnaud Weyrich, VP & Winemaker, Roederer Estate; Bob Gibson, Director of Vineyard Operations, Roederer Estate
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will provide an update on their ongoing study of stream flows and water demands in the Navarro River watershed. Roederer Estate and TNC will present a case study of their joint effort to "do the right thing" on Indian Creek to improve summer stream flows for salmon by changing a summer water diversion right to a winter diversion. They will present the legal and regulatory bumps in the road, and discuss how Roederer and The Nature Conservancy partnered to navigate the rough and muddy waters of such an endeavor. Followed by Q and A.

11:00 - A Brief Message From our Exclusive Glass Sponsor for the Pinot Noir Festival Technical Conference
Speaker: Thibaut Lithard, Sales Manager, Lehmann Glass
Lehmann Glass, exclusively distributed through Kiyasa Group, is the result of passion and love of wine combined with science and innovation; a collaboration between Gerard Lehmann, glass designer with over 30 years of experience, and Gerard Basset, the French Master Sommelier who is the only person in the world to be awarded the Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and Wine MBA all together. The mission of the brand is to create innovative and unique wine glasses that enhance aromas of all wines and respect the tradition of wine tasting, yet keeping wine drinking simple. 


11:30 - 12:15 Vineyard Focus: Conzelman Vineyard
Each year we take an in depth look (and taste) at one of Anderson Valley's preeminent vineyard sites. For 2016 we have selected Conzelman Vineyard. Mark Greenspan and 2 winemakers sourcing grapes from Conzelman Vineyard will pour their wines and discuss the history, cultural practices and terroir of this Pinot Noir Vineyard. Followed by Q and A.
Speakers: Mark Greenspan - Viticulturist; Erich Bradley - Winemaker, Pangloss/Repris & Founder, Sojourn Cellars; Bob Pepi - Winemaker E16

12:15 - A Brief Message From our Sponsor G3 Enterprise/DIAM Closures
Speaker: François Margot, Sales Manager DIAM North America, China, Japan, DIAM BOUCHAGE SAS
DIAM technical corks offer the advantages and appearance of traditional cork without its inconsistencies. DIAM delivers clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. With more than 1 billion corks sold to date, DIAM continues to invest in research and development. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the DIAM portfolio of products for the North American market. G3 prints and finishes DIAM closures at its Modesto plant.

12:30 - 2:00: Lunch
A hearty repast served in the Fairground's Redwood Grove prepared by Boont Berry Farm and including, of course, a selection of local wines.


2:00 - 3:00: Back to the Future - A Look at 2015 Pinot Noir Yet to be released.
Speaker: Dr. Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
Dr. Gaffney will summarize and discuss findings from Thursday's Winemakers' Workshop. This workshop asked winemakers to provide a barrel sample of one 2015 vintage Pinot Noir from any vineyard (or combination of vineyards) in Anderson Valley. This nonbiased tasting with a focus on analytical peer review aimed for an end goal centered on the constant improvement along with overall quality of AV Pinot Noir; a rising tide lifts all boats. Sample wines were analyzed by ETS Laboratories, the leading independent laboratory serving the global wine industry today.

3:30 - 4:30: Tiny Bubbles - Anderson Valley Sparkling Wine Tasting Panel
Anderson Valley is an area ideally suited to growing top-notch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling wine cuvees. Roederer's decision to locate its vineyards and sparkling wine production facilities here in the eighties confirmed what others already knew. Taste samples of sparkling wines produced by other notable AV Winemakers with delightful results.
Panelists: Michael Fay - Goldeneye Winery; Doug Stewart - Lichen Estate; Randy Schock - Handley; Arnaud Weyrich - Roederer/Scharffenberger