The New York Wine Industry Workshop and Finger Lakes Grape Grower Conference will combine to form a joint conference, called B.E.V. NY, designed to provide the New York grape and wine industry with the most current and relevant research-based information. The event will be held from Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Waterloo Holiday Inn in Waterloo, NY.
Experts from Cornell, Penn State, and other local institutions will present the latest research-based information on topics ranging from soil pH to tannins to social media use.
Presentations on Feb. 27 will focus on business, with presentations on consumer behavior, industry trends, regulatory issues, branding, and marketing. Dennis Shrapp of the Ciatti Company will deliver the keynote address on national and international trends in wine.
Enology will be the focus of sessions on Feb. 28, with presentations on spontaneous and co-fermentations, winery sanitation practices, proper oxygen and sulfur management, wine texture, wine acidify, and tannin management.
Sessions on March 1 will focus on viticulture, with presentations focusing on establishing a vineyard, grapevine nutrition, soil pH management, controlling wine vigor, under-vine cover crops, spur pruning and lyre training, red blotch disease, sour rot, weed management, and spraying with precision. The annual trade show and a wine and cheese reception featuring local cheeses and Finger Lakes wines will also be held on March 1.
For more information, visit http://events.cals.cornell.edu/bevny2014 for registration, program, and hotel information.