Wines & Vines Oak Conference
April 26, 2017 
Event Center, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif. 

The third annual Wines & Vines Oak Conference moves to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on April 26, 2017, for an expanded and improved one-day meeting and trade show created specifically for winemakers and winery personnel who make decisions about purchasing and using barrels and oak adjuncts.



7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Coffee and Exhibits | Saralee & Richard’s Barn

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome & General Session | Finley Hall

Recent Research
New university studies about oak and wine
  • Efficiency of Alternative Chemical and Physical Treatments in Reducing Brettanomyces bruxellensis in Oak Wood, Engela Kritzinger, DLR Rheinpfalz

  • New Class of Sweet Triterpenoids in Sessile and Pedunculate Oak Wood, Andrei Prida, R & D Manager, Seguin Moreau

Matching Barrels to Wine Styles
Winemakers answer the most basic question: What barrels are best for my wines?
  • Moderator Jeff Morgan, Covenant Wines
    Jeff Cohn, Jeff Cohn Cellars
    Michael Terrien, Tricycle Wine Partners & Bluet
  • Megan Schofield, winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break | Saralee & Richard’s Barn

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Technical Tasting A: Red Barrel Fermentations | Saralee & Richard’s Barn
Techniques, workflow and benefits
  • Bob Blue, Fetzer Vineyards
  • David Jeffrey, Calluna Vineyards
  • Andy Schweiger, Schweiger Vineyards & Winery

Exhibits & Trials Tastings | Saralee & Richard’s Barn

One-on-One Consultations: Discuss your oak challenges with a consulting winemaker | Saralee & Richard’s Barn
  • Bryan Avila, Winemaker, Pope Valley Winery
  • Julie Lumgair, Consulting Winemaker, J. Moss Winery / New Ventures
  • Daniel Moore, Wine Consultant

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch, Exhibits & Trials Tastings | Saralee & Richard’s Barn

1 -2 p.m.
Technical Tasting B: Élevage Without Barrels | Saralee & Richard’s Barn
Tasting and discussion of barrel alternatives
  • Nicolas Cantacuzene, Emeritus Vineyards
  • Wayne Donaldson, Donaldson Wine
  • Alexandre Remy, Atlas Wine Co.

Sponsored by Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage

1 -2:30 p.m.
Tools for Cellar Management | Finley Hall
Barrel inventory management, storage, cleaning, sanitizing, seismic safety
  • Mike Blom, Napa Barrel Care
  • Chris Russi, Comstock Wines
    Lee Riggs, Franciscan Estate & Mount Veeder Winery

2 - 3pm
Exhibits & Trials Tastings | Saralee & Richard’s Barn

3 - 4 p.m.
Technical Tasting C: Barrel Aging of Pinot Noir | Saralee & Richard’s Barn
A deep dive with leading winemakers into élevage of Pinot Noir
  • Moderator: Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
  • Ken Bernards, Ancien Wines
  • Bob Cabral, Three Sticks Wines
  • Luisa Ponzi, Ponzi Vineyards
  • Scott Shapley, ROAR Wines
Sponsored by Tonnellerie Ô

3 - 4 p.m.
Managing Phenolics | Finley Hall
Presentation of new enology products for managing phenolic extraction during fermentation
  • Michael Jones, Scott Laboratories
  • Hend Letaief, Enartis USA
  • Peter Salamone, Laffort USA

4 – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibits & Trials Tastings | Saralee & Richard’s Barn