A description of the 2011 Wine + Grape Expo Seminars by Expo Co-Chair, Michael Silacci

Expo Seminar Schedule

8:00 a.m. Registration, Trade Show & Outdoor Demonstrations

7:00 a.m. Spanish Seminar Program

Communication Skills & Developing/Sustaining a Positive Work Force: Jess Gomez, Jess Gomez and Associates

Canopy Management Strategies for Wine Quality – (Includes Wine Tasting): Enrique Herrero, Rubicon Estate

Moderators: Dr. Monica Cooper, Viticulture Farm Advisor; Arnulfo Solorio, Vice-President, Silverado Farming Company 

9:30 a.m. Seminar Welcome Address: Jennifer K. Putnam, NVG Executive Director

“School of Rock: Geological Formation of Three Napa Valley Vineyards and Their Reflection in Wine” – with Wine Tasting

Jonathan Swinchatt, EarthVision

Featured Vineyards and Comparative Wine Tasting
Bart Araujo, Proprietor, Araujo Estate
Michael Silacci, Winemaker, Opus One
Cameron Vawter, Director of Production, Dana Estates 

11:00 a.m.  ”Seeing the Forest from the Trees: The Influence of Oak on Wine”

Henri de Pracomtal, President, Tonnellerie Taransaud
Jean-Pierre Giraud, General Manager, Tonnellerie Taransaud

12:30 p.m.  Trade Show & Outdoor Demonstrations | Food Truck Lunch Option

1:30   p.m.   “Eeny, Meenie, Miny, Moe: From Classic to Leading-Edge Grape Sorting Methods”

Pellenc Selectiv’ Harvester  (comparative wine tasting):  Lance Vande Hoef, Sales Manager, Pellenc America

Vistalys Optical Berry Sorter (comparative wine tasting):  Mea Leeman, Bucher Vaslin

Moderator: Celia Welch, Corra Wines and Celia Welch Consulting

2:30   p.m.  “A Darker Shade of Purple: Seeking Perfect Maturity”

Discussion of basic sampling berry vs. cluster


Dr. Steve Price, ETS Laboratories

Alexandre Remy, Technical Director, Vivelys

Moderator: Nathalie Juré, Viticulturist, Opus One

3:30   p.m.    Hosted Wine Tasting at Exhibitor Booths