Paul Franson

Paul Franson

The fifth annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) was held last Thursday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

The conference attracted 3,500 attendees, making it the second largest wine trade show in North America. Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in January in Sacramento is first with 12,000 attendees.

The show presented by Wine Industry Network featured about 300 exhibitors spread out over two large pavilions, plus six educational sessions, including one on the potential of legalized recreational marijuana. In a nutshell, pot hurt Colorado the first year, then wine recovered and more. And those who have alcohol licenses can’t sell dope.

Most of the talks were pretty light in comparison to the presentations at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ smaller Rootstock held earlier in November. WIN Expo is more focused on exhibits and selling, while Rootstock is more educational.

Parking was a mess; I wonder what the Sonoma fair grounds are like during the annual county fair!

You can get more information at wineindustryexpo.com.


By contrast to our wine trade shows, Vinexpo in Bordeaux June 18 to 21 attracts almost 2,500 exhibitors and 50,000 professional visitors from 150 countries. Americans representing the second largest segment of international visitors, just behind China.

In addition to the show, Bordeaux is a historic city that is in full revival and packed with attractions for attendees. Chief among these is La Cité du Vin, a bold new architectural landmark that houses an extraordinary cultural facility devoted to wine and culture.

Get more information at www.vinexpo.com.

Wine Courses in Bordeaux

Hmm. Should I go to Davis…or Bordeaux for wine short courses?

The Institut Supérieur de la Vigne et du Vin and Bordeaux Sciences Agro will conduct four courses in English open to viticulture and enology professionals this coming spring:

— Bordeaux winemaking specificities, Feb. 1 to 3, with an optional extension in Burgundy, Feb. 5 to 8.

— Terroir and vineyard management, March 6 to 10, with an optional extension in Burgundy, March 13 to 17.

— Sensory Analysis, a tool for monitoring winemaking, April 11 to 13.

— International Wine Business, June 5 to 8

The programs will take place at Bordeaux Sciences Agro, a short tram ride from the center of Bordeaux.

Get more information at www.agro-bordeaux.fr/formations/formation-continue and information about visiting Bordeaux and its attractions at www.bordeaux-tourisme.com.

Enartis courses on phenolics

Enartis presents “The Phenolic Series” of workshops where winemakers, researchers and wine technologists will share their knowledge and experience and provide attendees with methods and technologies to create a more complete understanding about the key chemical processes and technical tools that maximize wine color, enhance structure, improve mouthfeel and prevent oxidation.

The sessions:

— Tannins: From Grapes to Wine in the Napa/Sonoma area Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— Color: From Grapes to Wine March 15 in the Paso Robles area

— Oxygen: Oxidation, Prevention and Benefits May 15 in the Napa/Sonoma area

The cost is $250. Register via www.enartis.com.

Call 838-6312 for more information.

Scholarships for wine industry kids

Napa County High School seniors and Napa Valley College transfer students and their relatives are eligible for scholarships administered by the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Of particular note to those in the wine business is the Fruit of the Vine Scholarship that gives preference to the children of winery and vineyard employees.

Other scholarships have other purposes Get more information at www.napavalleycf.org or contact Ellen Drayton at ellend@napavalleycf.org. Apply by March 7.

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