Agenda

15th Annual BCWGC Enology & Viticulture Conference - July 21-22, 2014

July 21 – VITICULTURE PLENARY

7:45        Registration – Tradeshow

08:15     BCWGC - Annual General Meeting

Morning Chair: Mike Watson, BC Wine Grape Council

09:15     Welcome and Introduction - Mike Watson, Chair, BC Wine Grape Council, Constellation Brands, Oliver, BC

09:30     Viticulture Labour Market Partnership – Viticulture Technician Training Program - James Hopper, Mission Hill Family Estate, West Kelowna, BC

10:00     Managing Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Australia and New Zealand -  Dr. Mark Sosnowski, South Australia Research and Development Institute, Urrbrae, Australia

10:30   Coffee Break – Trade Show

11:00     Fruit Ripening in Vitis Vinifera: Responses to Severe Water Deficit - Dr. Simone Castellarin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

11:30     Journey to the Center of a Grapevine – Insights into Water Transport and Vascular Disease from X-Ray Micro Computed Tomography - Dr. Andrew McElrone, United States Department of Agriculture, Davis, CA, USA

12:00    Lunch – Trade Show

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

13:00     A Long and Winding Road… the Discovery of the Red Leaf Viruses, the Leafrolls and Red Blotch - Dr. Deborah Golino, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

13:30     The Importance of Insects as Vectors of Grape Leafroll Associated Viruses: A California Perspective - Dr. Kent Daane, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

14:00     Incidence and Severity of Grapevine Leafroll and Other Non-Regulated Viruses in BC - Dr. José Úrbez Torres, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

14:20     Insect Vectors of Leafroll and Other Grapevine Viruses in BC - Dr. Tom Lowery, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

14:40     Preventing the Spread of Grapevine Virus Diseases in Canada - Dr. Anna-mary Schmidt, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Sydney, BC

15:00    Coffee Break – Trade Show

15:30     Panel – Preventing and Managing Grapevine Virus Diseases

  • Dr. Deborah Golino, University of California, Davis CA, USA
  • Dr. Kent Daane, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Dr. Anna-mary Schmidt, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Sydney, BC
  • Dr. Tom Lowery, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. José Úrbez-Torres, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

16:30     Wrap-up and Announcements

16:30 – 18:30 WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION IN THE TRADESHOW FOR DELEGATES AND SPEAKERS

ENOLOGY WORKSHOPS

08:30     Winery Sustainability Panel 

  • From Compost to Conservation - Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, BC
  • LEAD Certified Winery - David Patterson, Tantalus Vineyards, Kelowna, BC

09:30     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  1. Crush Pad Design – Options for premium processing in the Okanagan Valley - Randy Jones, Cellar-Tek, Kelowna, BC
  2. Keg Wine – The evolution of wine by the glass - Steve Thorp, FreshTap, Vancouver, BC

10:30   Coffee Break – Tradeshow

11:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

1. Advances in Bottling Under Screwcap – Panel Discussion

  • Jeff Davin, Amcor, Montreal, QC
  • Eric Graham, Amcor, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, BC
  • Korol Kuklo, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, BC 
  • Nikki Callaway, Quail’s Gate Vineyard Estate, West Kelowna, B

2. Finding & Keeping the Right People: How to Avoid Common HR Mistakes - Cissy Pau, Principal Consultant of Clear HR Consulting Inc, Vancouver, BC

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

   1. Is there something scary in those tanks? 

How do you determine the confined space risk associated with your tanks? Join us and learn how a group of wineries decided to tackle this question; discover how to complete a “group” confined spaces assessment; understand the hazards that were identified; and how you can reduce or eliminate entry into tanks.  Michele Baratelli, FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC, Chilliwack, BC

   2. Allergens in Wine: Issues and Solutions                      

  • Dr. Peter Salamone, Laffort USA, Petaluma, CA, USA 
  • Dr. Richard DeScenzo, ETS Laboratories, St Helena, CA, USA

14:00     Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

  1.  Bottling – Legal Fills and Leak-Free Bottles  Bruce Scott, Scott Laboratories Inc., Petaluma, CA

  2. Optimizing Merlot Winemaking in a Short Growing Season - Marco Bertaccini, AEB, San Francisco, CA, USA                          

15:00   Coffee Break – Tradeshow

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

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

Sensory Workshops, July 21

(Sensory workshops are limited 40/session)

10:15-12:00   Chardonnay Tasting – Come and experience some single vineyard Chardonnay wines from British Columbia and other regions and discover how terroir is expressed in those 8 wines. What are the influences of the site, the growing season and the viticulture practices in the final product? Blind tasting format with a discussion panel of winemakers.

  • Chaired by Severine Pinte, Enotecca Winery and Resorts, Oliver, BC. 
  • Presentation by Dr. Kevin Usher on Okanagan Growing regions and Chardonnay Suitability. 

14:30-16:00   Merlot Tasting – Come and experience some single vineyard Merlot wines from British Columbia and other regions and discover how terroir is expressed in those 6 wines. What are the influences of the site, the growing season and the viticulture practices in the final product? Blind tasting format with a discussion panel of winemakers.  

  • Chaired by Darryl Brooker, Cedar Creek estate Winery, Kelowna, BC
  • Presentation by Dr. Kevin Usher on Okanagan Growing regions and Merlot Suitability. 

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

 

“New” - EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS - Located in the Tradeshow 

Limited to 15 people

09:00     A New Miticide for your Vineyard - Are you concerned about Mites and Powdery mildew? Then this presentation is for you. Scott Hodgins of BASF will introduce you to Nealta, a new miticide with a unique mode of action and Mike Boot of Engage Agro will show you how to get the most out of your Powdery mildew control program.

10:00     pH Theory and Accuracy for Your Winery - Join pH Wizard, Mark McElroy from Thermo Orion as he gives you the straight goods on pH meters, probes and how to get consistent, accurate results every time.  Bring your pH meter & probe to have them tested for accuracy!

11:00     Innovation in Wine Filtration - Randy Jones of Cellar-Tek presents 2 new breakthroughs in wine filtration from DIEMME Enologia. The MicroFLEX Filter for finished wine and the new SPIN Filter for lees and heavy solids.  Both filters are designed to help eliminate DE & Perlite from your winery filtrations.

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     What can the Environmental Farm Plan do for YOU? What is the current status of the EFP Program? What is involved in completing an EFP? What are the benefits of completing an EFP? What are the funding opportunities available through the EFP Program? Joe Larivière of the EFP will answer your questions and more.

14:00     Fly Me to the... Wine Fullness: Tannin and oxygen management in fermentation and early stages - Thierry Lemaire of Nuance will help you understand how to design a process that makes sense when adding enzymes, oak chips, enological tannins and oxygen in your red fermenter.

15:00     Enzyme – Tannin Synergy: Extraction and Preservation - Join Dr. Peter Salamone of Laffort USA who will talk about enzymes and their targets in winemaking; how quality parameters in wine can be enhanced through the proper application of targeted and effective specialty enzymes and specially formulated fermentation tannins.


July 22 – ENOLOGY PLENARY

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

Morning Chair:  Darryl Brooker, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, BCWGC Director

08:30     Welcome and Introduction – Darryl Brooker, BCWGC Board and R&D Committee Member

08:45     BCWGC Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program

  • Lynn Bremmer, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Oliver, BC
  • Dr. Kevin Usher, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

09:00     Sequencing of the Chardonnay Genome - Dr. Hennie van Vuuren, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

09:30     Chardonnay Flavor and Aroma Composition - Dr. Kevin Usher, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

10:00   Coffee Break – Tradeshow

10:30     Yeast in the Winery

  • Dr. Dan Durall, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
  • Darryl Brooker, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC

11:00     Premium Chardonnay Production in Canada, Oregon and Burgundy - Thomas Bachelder, Bachelder Wines, Niagra, ON                             

11:30     Malolactic Fermentation: nuts, bolts, rust and WD40 - Dr. Peter Salamone, Laffort USA, Petaluma, CA, USA

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

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

13:00     Terroir and Management Influences on Okanagan and Similkameen Merlot Flavour and Aroma - Dr. Pat Bowen, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

13:30     New World and BC Market Trends in Chardonnay and Merlot - Stephen Schiedel, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Vancouver, BC

14:00   Coffee Break – Tradeshow

14:30     The Missing Link – the link between chemistry and microbiology analysis and how it can be used to prevent wine spoilage - Dr. Richard DeScenzo, ETS Laboratories, St Helena, CA, USA

15:00     Panel Discussion: Merlot and Chardonnay

  • Darryl Brooker, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC
  • Dr. Peter Salamone, Laffort USA, Petaluma, CA, USA 
  • Thomas Bachelder, Bachelder Wines, Niagara, ON
  • Stephen Schiedel, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Vancouver, BC
  • Dr. Dan Durral, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
  • Dr. Richard DeScenzo, ETS Laboratories, St Helena, CA, USA

16:30     Wrap-up and Announcements 

VITICULTURE WORKSHOPS

08:30     Deer Management in Vineyards - Come discuss techniques for crop protection to prevent deer and other wildlife from accessing your vineyard. Open for interactive dialogue. Q&A session included. 

Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC™ Community Coordinator, Penticton, BC

09:15     Vine Disease Clinic – Sample Diagnosis by Experts (Bring your samples for diagnosis)

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

  • Dan O’Gorman, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Paula Haag, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • José Úrbez-Torrez, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC

 

10:00    Coffee Break – Tradeshow

10:30     All Speakers Q & A

  • James Hopper, Mission Hill Family Estate, West Kelowna, BC
  • Dr. Mark Sosnowski, South Australia Research and Development Institute, Urrbrae, Australia
  • Dr. Simone Castellarin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Dr. Andrew McElrone, United States Department of Agriculture, Davis, CA, USA
  • Dr. Deborah Golino, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • Dr. Kent Daane, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Dr. Anna-mary Schmidt, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Sydney, BC
  • Dr. Tom Lowery, AAFC, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Dr. José Úrbez Torres, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC                

12:00    Lunch and Tradeshow

13:30     Understanding and Controlling Leafhoppers - Learn from experts how to effectively prevent outbreaks and control leafhoppers in your vineyard. This workshop includes three presentations:

  • Variegated Grape Leafhopper in California Vineyards - Why a Key Invasive Pest has Lost its Pest Status - Dr. Kent Daane, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Sustainable Management of Leafhoppers in BC - Dr. Tom Lowery, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, BC
  • Leafhopper Monitoring and Chemical Controls - Susanna Acheampong, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Kelowna, BC

14:30   Coffee Break and Tradeshow

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

“New” - EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS

Limited to 15 people

09:00     The Top Ten Ways to Green Your Winery - Angela Nagy of Green Tourism Canada will identify easy steps that wineries can take to improve their sustainability performance, using the Green Tourism Canada checklist as a guide. You will leave with a list of green actions and key steps that can deliver cost savings and marketing advantages for your business.  

10:00     Value Enhancement – What’s Driving Your Winery - Presented by Bruce Plaxton, CPA, CA, CBV and David T. Braumberger, CPA, CA of BDO Canada LLP Bruce and David will discuss the key value drivers that can be utilized to increase the value of your winery. Check out our article in the summer issue of Grapes to Wine.

11:00     Laboratory Solutions for Wine Production - Hanna Instruments Canada Inc. is proud to be joined by Mrs. Cassandra Thomson, Applications Engineer at Hanna Inc. (Head Office) to present the benefits of our instrumentation solutions for wine quality testing for all winemakers.  With great products come great wines™

12:00   Lunch – Tradeshow

13:00     Maximize Your Wines – Cap it right! - Come and understand the differences between different wine closure options and best practices for maximizing wine quality during bottling with Tim Keller, CEO of VinPerfect.

14:00     Bosagrape Distributes Renaissance Yeasts - Bosagrape is pleased to offer Hydrogen sulfide-preventing wine yeasts produced under the Renaissance Yeast brand.  Join Dr. John Husnik of Renaissance to learn how these yeasts eliminate the risks and costs associated with H2S while allowing the true aroma and fruit expression of wines to be enhanced.

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