Agenda

16th Annual BCWGC Enology & Viticulture Conference - July 20-21, 2015

DAY 1 - Monday, July 20 - VITICULTURE PRESENTATIONS

7:45        Registration – Tradeshow

Morning Chair: Mike Watson, BC Wine Grape Council

2 PAC points – Category C for morning sessions

08:00     Welcome and Introduction

             Mike Watson, Chair, BC Wine Grape Council

08:15     Deepening the Meaning of Wine Steward: Sustainable practices for growing grapes and making wine

             Kellie Garcia, Summit Environmental Consultants, Vernon, BC

08:30     Managing Vine Balance for our Short Growing Season

             Dr. Pat Bowen, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

09:00     Affecting Grapevine Cold Hardiness Is Easier Said Than Done

            Carl Bogdanoff, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

09:30     Is the spotted Wing Drosophila an Economic Pest of Wine Grapes in BC?

             Dr. Tom Lowery, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

10:00     Coffee Break – Trade Show

10:30     The Importance of Pathogen Diagnostics in the Development and Implementation of Effective Integrated                                 Control Strategies of Grapevine

             Dr. José Úrbez Torres, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

11:00     An Update on Grapevine Virus Diseases in British Columbia

            Dr. Sudarsana Poojari, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

11:30     Cluster Health: Associated Diseases

            Dr. Doug Gubler, University of California, Davis, CA

12:00     Lunch – Trade Show

Afternoon Chair: Dr. Pat Bowen, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre

1.5 PAC points – Category C for afternoon sessions

13:00     Current and Future Technologies for Wine Grape Crop Estimation

             Dr. Luis Sanchez, E&J Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA       

13:30     Chicken Wire Science: Changes in Phenolics During Wine Grape Development

             Dr. Markus Keller, Washington State University, Prosser, WA

14:00     Precision Irrigation Management Using Soil and Plant Based Sensor Technologies

             Dr. Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture, Sonoma, CA

14:30     Coffee Break – Trade Show

15:00     Canopy Management and Vine Balance

             Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State University, Prosser, WA

15:30     Grapevine Cold Hardiness Research and Strategies to Mitigate Freeze Injury in Ontario

              Dr. Jim Willwerth, CCOVI, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON

16:00     Cold Hardiness, Maturity, and Yield of Lesser-known Vitis Vinifera Cultivars

             Dr. Krista Shellie, USDA Horticultural Crops, Parma, ID

16:30     Wrap-up and Announcements

16:30 – 18:30 WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION IN THE TRADESHOW

 

DAY 1 - Monday, July 20 - ENOLOGY WORKSHOPS

08:00     Wine Treatments for Compromised Fruit -  Dr. Peter Salamone, Laffort USA, Petaluma, CA

09:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  • Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) What BC Wineries Need to Know About Upcoming Food Safety Regulations             

The food safety regulatory landscape is changing in North America. Under the Safe Food for Canadians Act, businesses who import or manufacture food (including wine) for export or inter-provincial trade, will need to develop enhanced food safety controls. We will review the proposed requirements regarding licensing, good manufacturing practices and HACCP-based food safety prevention plans.  Karine Lawrence, Sirocco Consulting, Kelowna, BC    

  • Barrel Maintenance & Repair - Gilberto Arellano, Charlois Cooperage, Napa, CA

10:00    Coffee Break – Tradeshow

10:30     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  • Fire Smart Your Winery and Vineyard Dale Kronebusch, CFO Emergency Services, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Penticton, BC
  • Panel: Winery Wastewater Management
    • Kelly Garcia, Summit Environmental Consultants, Vernon, BC
    • Dena Gregoire, Constellation Brands, Oliver, BC
    • Jason Lasuik, Ministry of Environment, Oliver, BC
    • Jay Mullin, Oakville, ON
    • Jeffrey Oland, Oland Engineering, Kelowna, BC
    • David Paterson, Tantalus Vineyards, Kelowna, BC

12:00    Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  • Barrel Fermentation and Aging Dynamics Thierry Lemaire, Nuance Winery Supply, St Catharines, ON
  • Chilling and Heating in Your Winery                                                                                             

Take the mystery out of cooling and heating systems available in the cellar. From portable units to complete cooling and heating loops throughout winery, there is a size that meets every need and budget. Justin Skladan, Cellar Tek, Kelowna, BC 

14:30    Coffee Break – Tradeshow

15:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  • Barrel Maintenance and Repair Gilberto Arellano, Charlois Cooperage, Napa, CA
  • An Italian Point of View in Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a variety that has had an extraordinary achievement in the last 15 years after a long time of being undervalued. Its unique appeal has been brought to international success thanks to the vision of Italian winemakers that have brought this wine into the global market in the late 90's. Its versatility has contributed to the success of this variety that is now planted in many different areas around the world. This presentation focuses on the technological aspect of making Pinot Grigio and the problems linked to its unique phenolic pool. Benedetto Amaroso, Technical Director, AEB Group, Brescia, Italy

16:30     Wrap-up and Announcements (in main conference room)

Sensory Workshops, Monday, July 20

10:15-12:00   Pinot Gris TastingLimited to 40

Come and experience some single vineyard Pinot Gris wines from British Columbia, Italy, and Washington State and discover how winemaking style is expressed in these wines. What are the influences of fruit selection, the growing season, and winemaking decisions in the final product? Chaired by Corrie Krehbiel   

Please – no colognes, after shave lotions, perfumes or lipstick

TRADESHOW WORKSHOPS

DAY 1 - Monday, July 20 - Presented in the Expo Room

Limited to 30 people

09:00     Stelvin Screwcaps – How to Spot and Avoid Problems on Bottling Day

Back by popular demand, join Stelvin’s technical field service and quality control expert for an insightful guide to identifying and addressing common defects in Stelvin application on your bottling line. Eric Graham, AMCOR/Stelvin, American Canyon, CA

10:00     Great Wines through Great Chemistry

Also back by popular demand, Join Mark as he discusses the techniques and equipment needed to improve your wines by assuring you’re working with accurate, precise analysis data throughout the winemaking process. Mark McElroy, ThermoOrion, Seattle, WA

11:00     Is it Possible to Test Every Plant for Viruses? 1 PAC Point - Category C

“How to test every grape plant for viruses, run an environmentally-conscious vineyard, and work to protect vineyard income.” Join 28-year growing veteran Eckhard Kaeskamp of Knights Grapevine Nursery as he updates growers on current testing procedures for viruses, ways that healthy plants make your vineyard more environmentally conscious, and how these issues work together to protect your vineyard investment. Knights Grapevine has been at the forefront of developing a process of testing each and every grape plant to produce healthier vines that generally lessen the future need for sprays and contribute toward the overall health of vineyard operations. Learn about healthy vine-growing through this lively dialogue that will include interesting stories from nearly three decades of experience. Eckhard Kaeskamp, Knights Grapevine Nursery, Knights Landing, CA

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     Tank Cleaning 101- Because Clean Matters - Jacqueline Debellis, GEA-Breconcherry, Portland, ME

  • What is cleaning?
  • What affects cleaning?
  • What are the true costs of cleaning?
  • How do you select the best tank cleaning method for your facility?
  • What are the most common tank cleaning pitfalls?

14:00     Got Steam? - Why Every Winery Should Own a Portable Steam Cart

Join the industry's Steam Guru who invented the portable steam cart for North American wineries as he takes you through all the applications and benefits of a portable steam cart in your winery. Bottling line sterilization, Barrel cleaning, Tank cleaning, Cellar sterilization and more.  Glenn Caster, Steam Guru, ARS SWASH, Calistoga, CA

15:00     Think Out of the Box, Keep the Oak Out of the Tank...

Smart Oak®: a revolutionary method for shaping your oak profile quickly and accurately. Thierry Lemaire, Nuance Winery Supply, St Catharines, ON

 



DAY 2  - Tuesday, July 21 – ENOLOGY PRESENTATIONS

07:45     BCWGC Annual General Meeting – Room 6 (Continental Breakfast for those attending)

Come hear what the Council has been doing this past year, elect new directors to the Board, and share your thoughts and ideas.

08:00     Registration—Tradeshow (Coffee/tea provided)

Morning Chair:  Scott Robinson, Winemaker/Okanagan College Instructor

08:45     Welcome and Introduction – Kathy Malone, Hillside Winery - BCWGC R&D Committee Chair

09:00     Wine Yeast update                        

                Dr. Dan Durall, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

                Darryl Brooker, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC

09:30     The Effects Of Irrigation Frequency On Pinot Gris Quality 

   Dr. Kevin Usher, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC                                       

10:00     Coffee Break – Tradeshow

10:30     Water Management in the Winery                                                                                        

             Kevin Jones, BLOOM, Oakville, ON

 

11:00     Nutritional Needs of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces                                                                                            

             Dr. Charles Edwards, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

12:00     Lunch – Tradeshow

Afternoon Chair:  Dr. Kevin Usher, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre

13:00     Italian Pinot Grigio Winemaking

   Giordino Formenti, Lomberti, Italy

14:00     Pre-Fermentation Juice Treatment in Pinot Gris Acidity, Sour Rot, VA….

            Dr. Peter Salamone, Laffort USA, Petaluma, CA

14:30     Coffee Break – Tradeshow

15:00     Pinot Gris Winemaking from Field to Market

   Victor Palencia, J&S Crushing LLC-&-Jones of Washington Winery-&-Shaw Estates, WA

15:30     Marketing Pinot Gris Styles

   Lisa Baxter-Burke, Director, Sales & Marketing, Hillside Winery, Penticton, BC 

16:00     Wrap-up and Announcements 

DAY 2 - Tuesday, July 21 - VITICULTURE WORKSHOPS

09:00     Concurrent Sessions

  • How to Deploy Bear Spray Safely and the Top 10 Safety Tips to Reduce Wildlife conflicts in the Vineyard 0.5 PAC Point - Category A

RDOS WildSafeBC Coordinator, Zoë Kirk is back again this year with the very popular – “Hands on Bear Spray Deployment” session – using fully charged, bear spray with cans that do not have the pepper component added, so are safe for training purposes. Included in the session are basic safety tips about wildlife encounters, providing safe places for workers and best practices for reducing potential wildlife conflicts.Geared towards managers of work crews or anyone working out in the vineyard - Includes practice session. Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC, Penticton, BC

  • Vine Disease Clinic – Sample Diagnosis by Experts 1 PAC Point - Category C

Bring your questions or diseased vine specimens and get help and advice from experts in grapevine pathology.

  • Dr. Doug Gubler, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Dan O’Gorman, Paula Haag, and Dr. José Úrbez-Torrez, PARC, Summerland, BC

10:00     Coffee Break – Tradeshow

10:30     Winter Hardiness 1 PAC Point - Category C

   Learn about the latest research results on monitoring and improving winter hardiness.

  • Dr. Markus Keller, Washington State University, Prosser, WA
  • Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State University, Prosser, WA
  • Dr. Jim Willwerth, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
  • Dr. Krista Shellie, USDA Horticultural Crops Research, Parma ID
  • Dr. Carl Bogdanoff, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. Pat Bowen, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

12:00     Lunch and Tradeshow

13:30     Understanding Cluster Health 1 PAC Point - Category C

   Learn effective methods to prevent cluster diseases while maximizing fruit quality for winemaking.

  • Dr. Doug Gubler, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Dr. Michelle Moyer, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Dr. José Úrbez Torres, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. Tom Lowery, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. Carl Bogdanoff, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. Pat Bowen, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC                                              

14:30     Coffee Break and Tradeshow

15:00     How to Take Sustainability to the Next Level

Come learn how you can use sustainable practices to reduce operating costs and improve wine and grape quality … while protecting the land, water, and creatures your business depends on and being a standout employer and neighbour. The Earth needs our stewardship, and customers in the wine marketplace are tuning in to this issue more and more. In this workshop, you will drink in the stories of local growers and winemakers and hear the benefits of being environmentally conscious in your vineyard and winery. You’ll learn how to measure and boost sustainability within your operations, and how to communicate “green” achievements to your consumer base. If this workshop doesn’t convince you to join the BC sustainable winegrowing program, I’ll roll up my cuffs, take off my shoes and socks, and crush a load of grapes the old-fashioned way at your winery! Kellie Garcia, Summit Environmental Consultants, Vernon, BC

16:00     Wrap-up and Announcements (in main conference room)

TRADESHOW WORKSHOPS

DAY 2 - Tuesday, July 21 - Presented in the Expo Room

Limited to 15 people

09:00     Save Energy – Save Money!

Interested in saving energy in your vineyard or winery? Then come learn how you can create energy saving opportunities such as irrigation pumping, lighting, HVAC, and more. Get the latest on FortisBC Energy Rebate Programs and how you can take advantage of them.  Join Perry Feser and Dennis Light from FortisBC and save your money! Perry Feser and Dennis Light, FortisBC, Penticton, BC

10:00     How are Your Pesticide Practices? 1 PAC Point - Category A

What are your responsibilities as an owner/operator? Health Canada will be inspecting farms this summer for pesticide use practices. Are you ready for an audit? Join Yvonne Herbison and Laura Fenny as they explains what they will be looking for during their visit. Yvonne Herbison and Laura Fenny, Health Canada, Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Kelowna

11:00     Green No More: Managing Green Characters By Eglantine Chauffour, Winemaker, Enartis Vinquiry, Windsor, CA

  • Different approaches can be taken to manage herbaceous notes and green, unripe tannins.
  • Good antioxidant protection will help maintain aroma, color and reduce the formation of herbaceous characters.
  • By choosing the right yeast, knowing and correcting the juice conditions (variety, YAN, ripeness) the perception of fruit aromas will be enhanced and herbaceous notes will be masked.
  • Removing compounds responsible for green characters, perception of astringency and green tannins.

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     Understanding Yeast to Prevent Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in Wine

Dr. Dahabieh will present the latest research on hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production during fermentation, risk management to prevent H2S from forming, and the effects of yeast metabolism on vintage quality. He will also discuss the science of classical breeding, its role in the development of Renaissance’s H2S-preventing yeast strains, and how the use of classical breeding has been beneficial to the wine industry. Dr. Matthew S Dahabieh, Head of Research, Renaissance Yeast Inc., Vancouver, BC

14:00     Key Features in Technical Closures

Mechanical performance, consistency, cleanness... find the perfect configuration to protect your wine, bottle after bottle, year after year, with Diam corks. Thierry Lemaire, Nuance Winery Supply, St Catharines, ON

15:00     Optimize Your Wine – Smartcap It!

Join Craig Hawkyard and learn the importance of a proper seal and how it manages the oxygen transmission rate. As a winemaker you want some post-bottling oxygen to avoid reduction. On the other hand, too much oxygen can cause the wine to become aldehydic (smelling oxidized). The SmartCap™ focused on providing oxygen levels which allows you to optimize each wine and present its most open and expressive state. Craig Hawkyard, VinPerfect, Napa, CA

 

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