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Watch the 2015 Conversations

Watch the seminars from 2015 IPOB in NYC.
 

Acidity, Alcohol and Aging

Three experienced practitioners of the American Pinot Noir craft to shared mature wines from their cellars to explore the potential longevity of balanced winemaking and balanced wines. Ted Lemon of Littorai, Josh Jensen of Calera, and Jeffrey Patterson of Mount Eden Vineyards each brought decades of winemaking insight to the panel. As we tasted their wines we discussed what age ability in wine is based upon, taking our cues from the wines in the glass and the experiences of the people who raised those wines. Moderated by Levi Dalton, Host of I’ll Drink to That.

 
 

Getting it Right: Triumphs and Failures in the Pursuit of Balance

Great wines are the result of thousands of farming and winemaking decisions. Questions of fruit source, irrigation, pruning, canopy management, pick date, stem inclusion, extraction, fermentation vessel and oak all come into play. Yet not every decision yields the results a winemaker was hoping for or expecting, and some vintages may pose unique challenges that thwart the production of balanced wine, regardless of the skill and experience of the winemaker. In this seminar, each winemaker presented a pair of wines that express their thinking about the challenges of creating balanced wine. One wine demonstrated where they think they missed the mark, and one where the think they nailed it. Moderated by Ray Isle, Senior Wine Editor, Food & Wine Magazine.

 
 

Past Conversations

Listen in to the conversations from 2014 and 2013. For details of the seminar topics and panelists, click here.

Vine Age (2014)

Watch as wine professionals debate the relative merits of old versus young vines and whether vine age makes a difference in the quality of a wine. What exactly constitutes an “old” vine? How does vine age effect viticultural and winemaking decisions, terroir expression, clonal expression, ageabilty and the overall quality of pinot noir and chardonnay? Moderator Alder Yarrow addresses these questions, accompanied by a panel of IPOB winemakers.

Defining Ripeness in Pinot Noir (2014)

Ripeness is one of the great topics of debate in the wine world today. Is ripeness entirely subjective or can it be quantified with scientific measures such as alcohol percentages and pH? The question of what is ripe has become one of the most controversial and divisive questions amongst winemakers, wine critics and consumers. Moderator Dr. Jamie Goode takes on this thorny topic together with wine writer Jordan MacKay and a panel of IPOB winemakers.

 

Relevance and Purpose in California Chardonnay (2013)

Chardonnay remains the most popular wine in California. But what is its purpose? Despite the “Anything But Chardonnay” backlash of the last decade, why do some of the best winemakers in California continue to tackle this protean grape? Is it a profound vehicle to express terroir, or just base material for a winemaking style? If the former, how is terroir expression in Chardonnay best achieved? These are questions that are relevant not just for California, but also for Burgundy and the rest of the Chardonnay producing wine world.

Exploring Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir (2013)

Chardonnay remains the most popular wine in California. But what is its purpose? Despite the “Anything But Chardonnay” backlash of the last decade, why do some of the best winemakers in California continue to tackle this protean grape? Is it a profound vehicle to express terroir, or just base material for a winemaking style? If the former, how is terroir expression in Chardonnay best achieved? These are questions that are relevant not just for California, but also for Burgundy and the rest of the Chardonnay producing wine world.

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