International Symposium: May 4, 2018

~  FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS  ~

Join winemakers, somms, growers, buyers, the media, and wine enthusiasts on May 4th for a full day of technical tastings and trials, presentations, and the opportunity to compare the character of Sauvignon Blanc grown in regions around California, the US, and the world. Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day by immersing yourself in this great varietal.

Friday, May 4, 8 am - 6 pm. (Full schedule below.)
Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill, 5625 Gaddy Ln, Kelseyville, CA 95451

Please note that the International Symposium is now sold out.

Program

Friday, May 4

7:45 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome to Sauvignon Blanc Country
Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET
History of Lake County. Why Lake County is suited for Sauvignon Blanc.
8:40 am Confessions of Two Terroirists — Where the Vines Grow
Jean Jacques Lambert, PhD, Assistant Research Soil Scientist, UC Davis
Gregory V. Jones, Director of Wine Education and Professor of Environmental Studies, Linfield College
9:30 am What in the World?! SB Sauvignon Blanc as an International Variety
John Buechsenstein, CHE, Culinary Institute of America
Nielsen data. Past and future trends. Styles of Sauvignon Blanc in the market. Global differences.
10:00 am Break
10:15 am The Immigrant: Sauvignon Blanc Comes to California
Nancy Sweet, Staff Research Associate, Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis
10:45 am Ah, the Smell of Sauvignon Blanc in the Morning: Winemaker Tasting
Kristin Belair, Winemaker, Honig Vineyard & Winery; Fred Brander, Owner & General Manager, The Brander Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley; Erica Loveblock Crawford, Loveblock Wines.
11:20 am Tasty and Racy — The French Connection
Keynote Speaker: Jean Michel Boursiquot

Overview of Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Speaker’s point of view on Sauvignon Blanc. Where Sauvignon Blanc fits in the wine family. Cultural differences in growers from Loire and Bordeaux.
12:00 pm Lunch
Toast to International Sauvignon Blanc Day. #SauvBlancDay
1:15 pm How Do Your Vineyards Grow? Viticulture Panel
Daniel Bosch, Sr. Viticulturalist, Constellation Brands (Mondavi) – Heritage farming
Phil Freese, Owner, WineGrow and Vilafonte
David Weiss, Owner, Bella Vista Farming
1:30 pm Four Years Before the Vine: A Sauvignon Blanc Research Experience
Glenn McGourty, Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Clonal data for tasting and trellis data for tasting with viticulture panel to discuss.
1:55 pm Send in the Clones! Clonal Tasting
Glenn McGourty, Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Anita Oberholster, PhD, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, UC Davis
Presenting six wines of SB01 UC FPS, UC FPS 17, UCFPS 18, UCFPS 25, UCFPS 26, Musque Clone 27.
2:10 pm Break
2:20 pm Light Weight vs. Heavy Weight — Who Is the Champ? Crop Load Tasting
Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking & Production, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines
Anita Oberholster, PhD, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, UC Davis
Presenting three wines of 6 tons/acre, 4 tons/acre, and 2 tons/acre (blind tasting).
2:45 pm Leading Voices: Wine Writers and Educators Offer Their Perspective
David Glancy, MS, CWE, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Wine School; Sara Schneider, Wine Editor at Sunset Magazine, Alder Yarrow, Wine Blogger and Founder of Vinography
Dialogue and subsequent tastings.
3:00 pm The Many Faces of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc: Appellation Tasting
Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking & Production, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines
Presenting five wines of designated Lake County appellations: Big Valley, Kelsey Bench, Red Hills, High Valley, Proposed Upper Lake Valley.
3:25 pm Break
3:35 pm Little Things That Make A Big Difference: Yeast Selection
Anita Oberholster, PhD, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, UC Davis
Presenting yeast trial with four wines made from four different yeast types.
4:05 pm Break
4:15 pm How Sweet It Is! Fruit Fermented at Different Brix Levels
Matt Hughes, Director of Winemaking, Brassfield Estate
Presenting six wines of varying brix from High Valley AVA.
4:35 pm Are You Experienced? What We Learned Today
Deborah Parker Wong
5:00 pm Social Hour
Growers and attendees. Toast to the 2018 International Sauvignon Blanc Symposium!

Saturday, May 5

8:30 am VIP Tour of Lake County
Speakers and invited guests visit select vineyards and locations around Lake County.

Adventure Seekers Options
See Adventures in Lake County for more information.
11:00 am Sauvignon Blanc Grand Tasting