Pinot Noir Technical Conference
Enjoy a full day of educational seminars about winegrowing and winemaking at the fairground’s Apple Hall. A light breakfast & 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.
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. Glenn will present a short overview of current events.
9:45-10:00 - Break
Speaker, Dr. Rusty Gaffney . A long time writer and publisher of the PinotFile, Dr. Gaffney will present his research into the sordid history of Pinot Noir clone 828. Using morphological and anecdotal evidence, a compelling case is made that may leave you wondering if your favorite 828 plantings might be something else all together.
Speaker Mel Knox, Knox Barrels. A thirty-year veteran of the oak barrel trade and a long time broker for Tonnellerie Francois Freres and Tonnellerie Taransaud, Mel has a unique insight into some of the greatest Pinot Noir produced in Northern California. For many years he has sourced fruit from Anderson Valley for his own Pinot Noir label, Ice-la Bas. He will be discussing a 1-4 year air drying trial.
2:30-3:30 - Wiley Vineyard Focus Tasting Panel with Brad Wiley, Wiley Vineyards.
Experience an historical and sensorial walk through one of the most westerly and one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Anderson Valley.Brad Wiley and Van Williamson (Witching Stick) will be presenting barrel samples of 3 clonal lots from Wiley Vineyard, 2012.
Followed by Q and A
Breakfast Sponsored by: Pacific Chemical and Big River Coffee
Breakfast will include savory custards, fresh fruit, breads and local juices and featuring Big River Coffee.
Thank you to all our Pinot Festival Sponsors