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2017 Eastern Winery Exposition | Workshops

W01 | Workshop 1:  New Containers, Closures & Bottling Issues

W01a | New Containers #1: Astrapouch, Cans & PET
W01b | New Containers #2: Keg Wine Production & Marketing Issues
W01c | Updates on Old and New Closures
W01d | Pre-Bottling QC Protocols
W01e | Overcoming Technical Challenges in Bottling

W02 | Workshop 2: Fruit Wine, Cider and Mead

W02a | Fruit Wine Enology Issues
W02b | Fruit Winemaker Roundtable
W02c | Meadmaker Roundtable
W02d | Cidermaker Roundtable
W02e | Raising the Bar: Positioning Fruit Wine, Cider & Mead as High Quality, Worthwhile Products

 


W01 | Workshop 1: New Containers, Closures & Bottling Issues

By 2000, we learned to look outside the cork closure. Now, it’s time to look outside the glass bottle; new eco-friendly containers are now in use, including kegged wine on tap. Panels of winemakers will discuss the pros and cons of new containers, and production and marketing issues with kegging wine and cider. New information will be presented on both old and new closures, and two consecutive panels will address QC protocols and managing technical challenges on the bottling line.

W01a | New Containers #1: Astrapouch, Cans & PET

Tim Benedict and Steve DiFrancesco

Tim Benedict of East Coast Crush & Co-pack and Hazlitt Vineyards will outline his experience using cans and PET instead of glass for packaging wine, while Steve DiFrancesco of Glenora Vineyards discusses his experience with using the Astrapouch for specific wines.

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W01b | New Containers #2: Keg Wine Production & Marketing Issues

Tim Benedict and Tamara Bredeson

Kegging is increasingly popular for both wine and cider. This panel features Tim Benedict of East Coast Crush & Co-pack and Hazlitt Vineyards, and Tami Bredeson of Carlos Creek Winery in Minnesota offering an exclusively kegged cider. They will discuss production and marketing issues as well as economics.

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W01c | Updates on Old and New Closures

Marc Kauffman, Natalie Thomas and Peter Weber

Even the oldest closure cork has new testing protocols for TCA taint at the source, which Peter Weber of the Cork Quality Council will explain. Natalie Thomas of Vinventions, parent company of Nomacorc, will discuss one of the newest closures, the glass closure Vinoseal, and Marc Kauffman of Premier Wine Cask will explain Novatwist, a 30×60 twist-off closure that offers an eco- friendly alternative to traditional metal screw cap closures.

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W01d | Pre-Bottling QC Protocols

Tom Payette and Chris Stamp

For a complex process like bottling, it’s good to have quality control protocols to guide you. Tom Payette, winemaking consultant, and Chris Stamp, winemaker at Lakewood Vineyards, NY, will share their tips for maximizing trouble-free bottling, and all the factors that need to be evaluated before you press the start button.
According to Tom, you must become a more thoughtful winemaker by learning both basic and more detailed questions to ask about your wines prior to bottling and then how to address those questions. In this session he will broaden your mindset as to what is actually happening at bottling; how to achieve better quality control at the bottling line, and prior, to achieve more predictable results.

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W01e | Overcoming Technical Challenges in Bottling

Jonathan Bellerose, Aki Maris and Matteo Meglioli

Jonathan Bellerose of exhibitor Amcor® will explain how to optimize your bottling line to use the Stelvin twist-off closure. He will cover common bottle, capping and potential closure defects and how to spot them, as well as increasing line efficiency with common set-up standards thus proving beneficial to users. Aki Maris from exhibitor Criveller and Matteo Meglioli of exhibitor Viniserve will summarize common bottling line challenges wineries experience, and how to prevent or manage them. These include industry best practices on wine preparation for a bottling run, with special focus on methods of avoiding oxygen intake during wine filtration and bottling.

 


W02 | Workshop 2: Fruit Wine, Cider and Mead

The popularity of these three sister beverages to wine continues to grow by leaps and bounds, but they have a number of technical challenges that winemakers need to understand for optimal quality. A panel on fruit wine enology issues will be followed by dedicated winemaker roundtable panels on fruit wine, mead and cider, featuring silver and gold medal winners from the Drink Outside the Grape Competition. The final panel focuses on raising the bar for quality and market perception for each of these categories.

W02a | Fruit Wine Enology Issues

Dr. Richard Carey, Dr. Joseph Fiola and Dominic Rivard

Dr. Joseph Fiola, enologist and Small Fruit Specialist at the University of Western Maryland, and Dominic Rivard, consultant fruit winemaker and author of The Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide, will summarize the major winemaking challenges facing fruit winemakers and how to address them. Consultant winemaker Richard Carey will speak on stabilizing wines that have residual sugar with Velcorin as an alternative to potassium sorbate.

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W02b | Fruit Winemaker Roundtable

Shane Christ and Phil Plummer

Shane Christ of Satek Winery in Indiana will pour and discuss his apple wine that won medals in the Drink Outside the Grape competition and Phil Plummer of the Montezuma Winery in the Finger Lakes will pour and discuss a cranberry and blended fruit wine.

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W02c | Meadmaker Roundtable

Ken Hardcastle and Dominic Rivard

Ken Hardcastle, winemaker of Hermit Woods Winery in New Hampshire and Dominic Rivard, author of The Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide, will pour and discuss three of the top medal-winning meads from the Drink Outside the Grape competition, a dry maple mead and two melomels from Saskatchewan, Haskap Haven and Strawberry Splash from Prairie Bee meadery.

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W02d | Cidermaker Roundtable

Tamara BredesonKen Hardcastle, Scott Katsma and Dominic Rivard

Top ciders in the Drink Outside the Grape competition from across North America in various styles will be presented and discussed by Dominic Rivard for Muwin’s Bulwark Hop (Nova Scotia), Scott Katsma of Seattle Cider Co., Tami Bredeson of Carlos Creek, MN, and Ken Hardcastle, Hermit Woods Winery, NH.

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W02e | Raising the Bar: Positioning Fruit Wine, Cider & Mead as High Quality, Worthwhile Products

Dr. Joseph Fiola, Bob Manley and Dominic Rivard

Having earlier examined common winemaking challenges for fruit wines, a panel with Dr. Joseph Fiola, Small Fruit Specialist at the University of Western Maryland, Bob Manley, partner and winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery, and Dominic Rivard, author of The Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide will fast-forward the conversation to the actual marketing of the finished products. They will explore and discuss marketing and promotion strategies for positioning fruit wine, cider and mead as high quality, worthwhile products, overcoming wine snobbery without losing customers.

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