Sauvignon Blanc Experience 2018

Sauvignon Blanc Experience BannerSauvignon Blanc is suddenly the coolest wine on the planet! And the place to find out why this varietal is now the toast of the wine world is the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience, a two-day event in Lake County, California that includes an International Symposium for the trade and a Grand Tasting for consumers.

May 4th, 2018

International Symposium Program

Welcome to Sauvignon Blanc Country
Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET
History of Lake County. Why Lake County is suited for Sauvignon Blanc. (watch videoview slidesview notes)

Confessions of Two Terroirists — Where the Vines Grow
Jean-Jacques Lambert, PhD, Assistant Research Soil Scientist, UC Davis (view slides)
Gregory V. Jones, Director of Wine Education and Professor of Environmental Studies, Linfield College (watch videoview slides)

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. (watch videoview slides)

The Immigrant: Sauvignon Blanc Comes to California
Nancy Sweet, Staff Research Associate, Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis (watch videoview slides)

Ah, the Smell of Sauvignon Blanc in the Morning: Winemaker Tasting
Kristin Belair, Winemaker, Honig Vineyard & Winery (view slides); Fabian Bravo, Winemaker, The Brander Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley (view slides); Erica Loveblock Crawford, Owner, Loveblock Wines (view slides).
(watch video)

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. (watch videoview slides)

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
(watch video)

Four Years Before the Vine: A Sauvignon Blanc Research Experience
Glenn McGourty, Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension (watch videoview slides)
Clonal data for tasting and trellis data for tasting with viticulture panel to discuss.

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. (watch videoview slides)

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). (watch videoview slides)

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. (watch video)

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. (watch video)

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. (watch videoview slides)

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. (watch videoview slides)

Are You Experienced? What We Learned Today
Deborah Parker Wong

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May 5th, 2018

Grand Tasting

  • Explore the wines of 50+ wineries
  • Compare Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, France, and all around California
  • Enjoy small bites that perfectly complement these wines
  • Experience the varietal that is sunshine in a glass

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Calendar of Events

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LCWC Board Meeting 4:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, December 4, 2018
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North Coast Wine Industry Expo 9:00 am
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds | Santa Rosa | California | United States
North Coast Wine Industry Expo Trade Show and Conference Expands The 7th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, is scheduled to take place[...]
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2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings 8:00 am
2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings
Dec 10 @ 8:00 am
December 10 & 20 Continuing education credit is available. For more information, call the Lake County Agriculture Department at (707) 263-0217.
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