Wine Industry Events and Formal Instruction

February 2016



February 8-12

Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual meeting in Kennewick, Wash. Details:

February 11-13

Cold Climate Conference hosted by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

February 13

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

February 16-19

Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley.

February 18-20

Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association Annual Conference, at Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Conference Center & Spa in Frisco, Texas.

February 19

Optimizing the Sustainability of Winery Processing, full-day program at the University of California, Davis.

February 20-21

11th annual International Alsace Varietals Festival at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, Calif.

February 21

Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Classic at the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center in Santa Rosa, Calif.

February 22

How Green is Your Wine? Seminar and tasting hosted by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Center for Urban Education from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.

February 23

Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans hosts a media and trade tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Calif.

February 23-24

Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland, Ore. Details:

February 24-26

Michigan Grape & Wine Conference at the Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo, Mich. The conference will include a Northern Grapes Symposium meeting as well as a new equipment demonstration stage.

February 27

Oregon Chardonnay Symposium at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore.


University Courses

February 20-21

Introduction to Wine Chemistry, at the University of California, Davis.

February 26

Vineyard Business Management, at Sonoma State University.

February 26

Advanced Wine Marketing at Sonoma State University.



March 2016



March 2

Innovation + Quality, a forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. Day-long event at Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley.

March 3-5

New Mexico Wine Education Conference hosted by the New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers Association in Albuquerque, N.M.

March 8-10

Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pa. Details: Exhibitors can invite attendees to register online and use the promo code EWE16VIP for free trade show admission. Wines & Vines subscribers can use the promo code WVEXH for free trade show admission. 

March 10

Wine Market Council Research Conference from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, Calif.

March 10

Central Coast Insights symposium at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, Calif.

March 13-15

ProWein 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany,

March 15-16

WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Conference & Tradeshow at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, Calif.

March 19-20

Barrel Tasting Weekend hosted by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association at several wineries in the Livermore Valley.

March 20-24

Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis.

March 21-23

USA Trade Tasting for importers and distributors in New York.

March 24

Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society, TAPAS, holds its annual grand tasting at La Brea Bakery Cafe in Los Angeles.

March 29

Oregon State University Grape Day featuring the latest research relevant to the Oregon wine industry.


University Courses

March 1

Tasting Room Design and Management, at the University of California, Davis.

March 4

Direct-to-Consumer Marketing, at Sonoma State University.

March 4

Hands on Intro to eCommerce for Small and Boutique Wineries, at Sonoma State University.

March 8

Powdery Mildew: Biology and Management, seminar hosted by the Oregon Wine Research Institute.

March 11

Selling Through the Tasting Room, at Sonoma State University.

March 11

Tasting Room Management, at Sonoma State University.

March 18

How to Create and Execute Successful Winery Events, at Sonoma State University.

March 18

How to Build a Profitable Wine Club, at Sonoma State University.



April 2016



April 1-3

Vinitaly International Wine Award's 5 Star Wines will occur in Verona from April 1-3. A panel of judges and wine experts will score the participating wines, and those that earn 90 or more will receive the 5 Star Wines Award. Details:

April 4-6

Women of the Vine Global Symposium in Napa, Calif.

April 12-14

 CABS of Distinction trade and media events hosted by the Paso Robles Cab Collective at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, Calif.

April 27

Wines & Vines Oak Conference featuring winemaking seminars, technical tastings and a trade show in Napa, Calif.

April 29 - May 1

Vineyard to Vintner event hosted by the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association.


University Courses

April 1

Social Media & Wine Marketing, at Sonoma State University.

April 1

Visual Media Marketing, at Sonoma State University.

April 8

State Compliance for Direct Shipping, at Sonoma State University.

April 8

Three Tier Licensing and Your Winery, at Sonoma State University.

April 22

Using QuickBooks in the Wine Industry, at Sonoma State University.

April 22

Financial Planning & Strategy for Wine Businesses, at Sonoma State University.

April 29

Managerial Accounting for the Wine Industry, at Sonoma State University.

April 29

Financial Accounting for the Wine Industry, at Sonoma State University.



May 2016



May 7

Amador Four Fires Festival featuring the wineries of Amador County at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Calif.

May 7

Historic Vineyard Society tour and dinner in the Russian River Valley.

May 9-10

The Wine & Spirits Daily Summit at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach.

May 12-14

International Chardonnay Symposium featuring a grand tasting, educational seminars and panel sessions, winemaker dinners in San Luis Obispo.

May 18-20

Craft Beverage Expo in Oakland, Calif.

May 18-20

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend, tastings and other events featuring Zinfandel at various locations in Paso Robles, Calif.

May 25

21st Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif.

May 26-28

International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton, England.


University Courses

May 6

Calculating the True Cost of Your Wine, at Sonoma State University.

May 6

Budgets, Forecasting and Best Practices for the Wine Industry, at Sonoma State University.



June 2016



June 4-5

Vintage Virginia featuring 20 Virginian wineries at the Bull Run Event Complex in Centreville, Va.

June 11

Barbera Festival at Terra D'Oro winery in Plymouth, Calif.

June 20-23

International Cabernet Symposium in Napa Valley.

June 23

2016 Direct Conference on direct-to-consumer wine sales in Napa, Calif.

June 28-30

Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture, an international conference linking science and policy in San Francisco, Calif.



July 2016



July 10-14

International Terroir Congress at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

July 17-19

Riesling Rendezvous hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany in Seattle, Wash.


University Courses

July 31 - August 1

Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience, CUVEE, a hands-on viticulture and winemaking seminar.



August 2016



August 13-15

Texsom conference at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Texas.

August 17

Wines & Vines Packaging Conference featuring technical tastings, seminars and tradeshow at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, Calif. 



September 2016



September 26-27

25th Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif.



November 2016



November 27-30

Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica trade show for the wine, wine grape and other specialty crop industries in Stuttgart, Germany.