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LOS ANGELES 2013

See below for the schedule of events and seminar descriptions for IPOB 2013.

 

SCHEDULE

10am – 11am

Seminar 1: Relevance and Purpose in California Chardonnay 

11:30am – 12:30pm

Seminar 2: Exploring Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir 

1pm – 4pm

Trade & Media Tasting 

6pm – 9pm

Consumer Tasting 

 

 

 

SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS

Seminar 1: Relevance and Purpose in California Chardonnay

Moderator:

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

Panelists:

Gavin Chanin, Chanin Wine Company; Matt Licklider, Lioco; Rajat Parr, Sandhi Wines; Bob Varner, Varner 

Description:

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. 

 

Seminar 2: Exploring Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir

Moderator:

Jordan Mackay, writer

Panelists:

Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat; Ehren Jordan, Failla Wines; Jamie Kutch, Kutch Wines 

Description:

Whole cluster fermentation (leaving the grapes on the stems during fermentation) is a controversial technique when it comes to pinot noir.  A winemaking process that dates back centuries. the practice fell out of favor with the advent of modern destemmers, as including stems in fermentations has major impact on the finished product. Nevertheless, following the lead of some of Burgundy’s most heralded domaines (Romanée-Conti, Leroy and Dujac, to name a few), a growing number of California winemakers are enthusiastically employing the technique. In this seminar you will  taste examples of whole cluster pinots from IPOB winemakers and come to understand why this method of fermentation has both enthusiastic adherents and skeptical naysayers.

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