Where Wine Makers and Grape Growers Share Their
2009 Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN October
15, 16 & 17th, 2009
The 2009 WinePress.US Winefest will be held in the center of
Minnesota wine country, in St. Paul, MN October 15, 16 & 17th, 2009.
The Winefest will be held at the Wildwood Lodge in Woodbury, MN.
rates at the Wildwood Lodge are just $99 / night (reduced from
$150/night), which includes breakfast, wireless Internet and
You must reserve your rooms with the Wildwood Lodge via
phone and early to ensure the WinePress.US Winefest rate.
Call now: 651-714-8068 or
click here to learn more about the Wildwood Lodge
All Seminar Times / Events
subject to change until schedule is complete. Check back often.
We will be changing things up a bit all the way up to Thursday.
We will be doing things a little differently this year as well.
We hope you enjoy your winefest.
Thursday October 15th Events: 7:00 -11:00 Cocktail party & get together with cash bar with cheese, crackers and my home made
Friday October 16th Events: All day at
Wildwood Lodge, Woodbury, MN
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
10:00 - 10:50 - Steve Kroll - sugar, acid & pH
11:00 - 11:50 - - Mike Staggemeyer - Staggemeyer
Stave - Staves and Minnesota White Oak
12:00 - 12:50 - Joel Sommer - Fruit and Country Winemaking - from
two perspectives - open discussion
1:00 - 2:00 Buffet Lunch - no sponsor
2:00 - 2:50 - Dennis McDonald - Proper
Vineyard Basics and Layout
3:00 - 3:50 Beth Mikulay - Midwest Supply - Making
wines from Frozen Grape Pails
4:00 - 6:00 Local Minnesota Wine Tasting
- Wines from local Minnesota wineries
6:00 - 7:00 Buffet Dinner - no sponsor
Saturday October 17th Events: All Day at the
Wildwood Lodge, Woodbury, MN
Registration begins at 8:30 AM
9:00 - 10:00 Bob Parke - Hybrid Winemaking
10:00 - 11:00 - Joel Sommer - Filtering
11:00 - 12:00 - Dennis McDonald - Spray
programs for grape growing
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Deli Buffet - no sponsor
1:00 - 2:00 - Joel Sommer -
Starting a kit wine
2:00 - 3:00 - Beth Mikulay - Midwest Supply - Making
3:00 - 4:00 - Joel Sommer - Hands on testing of
4:00 - 6:00 Tasting of wines submitted for Amateur Wine
6:00 - 6:02 WinePress.US - Joel Sommer - What it is, and where
6:02 - 7:00 Dinner Buffet - no sponsor
7:00 - 9:00 Steve Kroll - Wine Making Award
announcements, Wine Exchange, -
Discussion on 2010 WineFest - Acknowledgements - Auction (cash
Sunday October 18th Events: This would be a great day to see the local sights
if you haven't already done so.
Donated Door Prizes & Auction Items: "Curt" - many packages of various types of oak - staves,
cubes, dust, etc. Always a hit. Cellar Craft - free kit of choice gift
certificate Noontime Labels - Two (2) certificates for one
free label order each Daniel Pambianchi - Two (2) books - autographed
"Techniques in Home Winemaking"
REGISTER BEFORE September 10th to save money
and help me with ordering the correct catering.
Cheers, and I hope to see you there. Seating is
limited to the first 100 people.
Saturday Afternoon / Evening
Events Only - Wine Tasting
Seminar, Dinner and Awards starts at
$95 Per Person Prepaid
$110 after Sept 10th
Amateur Wine Making
Competition Please fill out form
and email, mail or fax
$15 per bottle entry
$15 after Sept 10th
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Recommended info to put on wine
competition entry shipments:
Food Samples for Evaluation
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perishable – No Commercial Value
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discussed previously in the WinePress.US discussion forum:
How to taste wine and
educate your palate – what to look for when tasting wine
2007 Accuvin Presentation
on testing was very well received
how to set up, how to normalize the solutions and how to do the math
have a guest
winemaker come in and give an entire presentation on working with
one or two specific varietals. For example, they might cover an
entire hour on just Cabernet, or just Syrah, etc.
I'd like to see
some "panel discussions" on specific topics which invites
Degassing seems to
be an issue that comes up repeatedly on the forum, seems like that
would be a good thing to learn about.....
I also wouldn't
mind learning about how to properly prune my grapevines. I'm still
pretty lost on that one.
demonstrations, too. Some folks may have never used an acid kit, or
titrated to measure SO2, or used a MityVac. Having a demo station or
a few of them, say during a poster session, where people can get
hands-on experience might work.
I agree, vendor
demos are really valuable, and I enjoy them when their given.
I *really* would
like to hear from different successful professional winemakers on
their various techniques used. A roundtable discussion or solo
presentation would be invaluable to me. I'd pay dearly to hear Jeff
Cohn discuss his various wine making techniques or Heidi Peterson
Barrett on her techniques in a small venue.
A presentation on
how kit ingredients are selected, how far in advance grapes are
contracted for, how the grapes or juice concentrate gets to
factory/winery, especially from foreign sources. You know, that
stuff. How it is held for processing, etc. Is it frozen? Is this all
A sparkling wine
how-to-demonstration would be excellent. Especially if the person
had the wine at different stages, a la a cooking show: demonstrated
how to add the yeast, how to de-gorge, and different methods for
that process. We've been having a lively thread on this in general
winemaking, but many of us would benefit from seeing the process in
action. Plus it would be fun!
I would sure like
to learn a bit about blending techniques. Might seem obvious but I
am sure those that are really good at it have a sound approach to
their blending of varietals. When to blend.
Sample sizes. How long to wait after blending to confirm
blends. Flavor profiles and percentages.
I'd love to see one
on biodynamic winemaking.
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