100 winemaker exchange 10,000 glasses!
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Sym·po·si·um   noun:  1. a conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject;  2. in ancient Greece, a drinking party or convivial discussion.
Wine holds a cherished place in our culture.  Yet seldom is its nature and potential discussed with candor and vulnerability. The Postmodern Winemaking Symposium provides a forum where trained enologists and self-taught winemakers explore practical philosophy and converse authentically with trade professionals and wine lovers.
The purpose of the Symposium is to get winemakers talking.  Imagine 100 of us, each one the world’s top expert in their own niche, discussing hot topics with lots of wine present.   

Day One (100 winemakers) 
  • Artisanal vs Artistic / Why We Work
  • Comparative winemaking methodologies, goals and techniques
  • Advances in Vineyard Enology 
    • Grape ozonation 
    • Mineral balance
    • New winemaking technologies 
    • Diverse approaches to thermovinification 
    • Practical PCR
    • New enological products and services
  • Terroir perspectives: climate, soil, and microflora.  What is authentic wine?
    • Spontaneous fermentations: microbiome sources & effects. 
    • Winegrowing in drought conditions and other climate changes 
    • Unique and original wine
    • Clay Jar wines
    • Sulfite-free approaches
    • Vines from seed 
    • Emerging varieties

This year, in day two, we will invite wine trade professionals for a candid exchange of perspectives.

Day Two (100 winemakers plus 36 trade professionals)
  •  How Science works in the Wine Industry
    • Enlightenment Rational Skeptic vs. Postmodernism
    • The nature of the Scientific Process
  •  What Is Terroir? 
    • Grapes vs cultural vs microbial
    • Sources of inoculum: vinyard vs. winery microbiome
    • Origins of microbiome, phase 0,1,2,3
    •  Is it distinct from consumer expectation of regional identity?
    •  Is there a pecking order of worthiness?
  • Bifurcation of the Marketplace: 
    • Standardization for large wineries in the three-tier system 
    • Diversification strategies for small wineries direct to consumer 
    • Opportunities and pitfalls for judges, writers, sommeliers and purveyors 
    • Emerging regions and varietals
    • How do we reward honesty and full disclosure among producers? 
Participants are invited to bring a wine or two for sharing with colleagues to illustrate a topic of your choice.  Six 750 ml bottles are required. 
Clark's Soccerball Speech, Lisbon Postmodern Symposium 2014
"It is not our goal to agree.  The multiplicity of expression that characterizes our industry cannot survive if we all do the same thing.” -Clark Smith
Tuition includes a copy of 
Postmodern Winemaking, Wine and Spirits
Magazine’s 2013 
Book of the Year

"I love this book: it’s brave, provocative, and fun. Smith has a writing style that’s engaging and that enlivens what would otherwise risk being indigestible wine science. This is a significant contribution to the literature on winemaking."--Jamie Goode, author of The Science of Wine and Authentic Wine

"An engaging, frequently controversial, but always thoughtful treatise that delves into the complexity of philosophical choices and new technologies that are now part of every winemaker's existence in a world where consilience of art and science is frequently needed. This book should be required reading for all winemakers, aspiring winemakers, and anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of wine."--Joel Peterson, founder, Ravenswood Winery  

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Free to Symposium Participants

Saturday November 14, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM

The Orchard
Santa Rosa, CA

This powerful two-hour workshop, which explores the new science of cognitive enology through experiences of the effect of music on wine sensory perception, is included in the tuition for participants in this weekend's Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry class and open to the public for $30. Please reserve seating.