Moses Lake, WA 98837, USA

Washington Wine Growers Conference schedule

Monday, March 2
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NW Foundation Block Advisory Group Meeting - Vista Hall, Springhill Suites

1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Stakeholder Meeting: Gathering Industry Input for a USDA Grant on Smoke Exposure - Room C-D, Convention Center

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Annual Meeting of Members - Room C-D, Convention Center

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Student Winemaker Social - Room C-D, Convention Center

Tuesday, March 3
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
A Sparkling Conversation: Grand Tasting - Arena Floor, Toyota Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Flint Nelson
Market Trends - Rob McMillian, Executive Vice President & Founder - Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank, Napa, CA
Charmat vs. Traditional Methode Champenoise - Craig Mitrakul, Winemaker - Karma Vineyards, Chelan, WA
State of Washington Sparkling - Brandon Rice, Director of Winemaking - Ancient Lake and Wahluke Wine Company, Quincy, WA
Growing Sparkling Wine Grapes - Dustin Tobin, Director of Vineyards - Precept Wine Brands, Prosser, WA
Success With Bubbles - Christian Grieb, Owner/Winemaker - Treveri Cellars, Wapato, WA
Panel Discussion - Moderator: Christopher Chan, Advanced Sommelier / Executive Director, Washington State Wine Awards - HappyHourRadio.net, West Seattle, WA
Tasting—traditional Vs. Charmat - Christopher Chan, Advanced Sommelier / Executive Director, Washington State Wine Awards - HappyHourRadio.net, West Seattle, WA

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Trade Show Open - Great Halls A-D, Lobby, Convention Center

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Poster Viewing & Oral Presentations - Rooms C-D, Convention Center

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
State of the Industry - Arena Floor, Toyota Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Patrick Rawn
Washington Wine Industry Review and Outlook - Chris Bitter, Wine Economist - Vintage Economics, Point Roberts, WA
Beyond Washington State - Jim Mortensen, president and CEO - Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA
Consolidation Trends Across Industries - Rob McMillan, Executive Vice President & Founder - Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank, Napa, CA
Consumer Research Trends —Sustainability - Lulie Halstead, CEO - Wine Intelligence, London, England
Opportunities for Washington - Doug Frost, Owner and CEO - Echolands Winery, Prairie Village, KS
Panel Q&A - Moderator: Session Manager, Patrick Rawn

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Don’t Get Caught, Get Legal! Tasting Room Regulatory Compliance - Rooms E, F, G, H, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Amy Johnson
Navigating Individual State Regulations Of Direct To Consumer Shipping - Andrue Ott, Winery Consultant - Moss Adams, Kennewick, WA; Lindsey Vargas, Compliance Agent & General Manager - Winery Compliance Services, Walla Walla, WA; Jessica Gamache - Dalee Vineyard, LLC, Prosser, WA; Jenifer Ward, Accounting Assistant/Wine Club Manager - Goose Ridge, Benton City, WA
Social Media Promotion and Current WSLCB Laws - Michael Gaines, Enforcement Officer - Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Tri-Cities, WA
Break - 2:50 p.m.
Health Department Requirements and Regulations For Tasting Rooms - Justin Gerber, Benton Franklin Health Inspector/Environmental Health Specialist - Benton-Franklin Health District, Kennewick, WA
Employment and Labor Laws Relevant To Tasting Rooms - Christie Totten, Attorney - Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, OR

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Social - Great Halls A-D, Lobby, Convention Center

Wednesday, March 4
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Health Check: Vineyard Evaluation & Renovation, Rooms C-D, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Sadie Drury
Health Check: How Are My Vines Performing? - Joe Cotta, Vineyard Manager - Cold Creek Vineyard, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Sunnyside, WA
It’s Time To Renovate. Now What? - Brad Sorenson, Vineyard Manager/Viticulturist - Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA
Replanting Correctly: How To Avoid Mistakes That Will Shorten Your Vineyard’s Life - Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor / Statewide Viticulture Extension Specialist - Washington State University - Prosser IAREC, Prosser, WA
Buying Nursery Stock: What You Need To Know - Kevin Judkins, Nursery Manager - Inland Desert Nursery, Benton City, WA
Panel Q&A - Moderator: Session Manager, Sadie Drury

8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cans On Fire! The Can Revolution - Rooms E, F, G, H, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, John Freeman
Marketing: Ratings, Markets, Customization, and Considerations - Brad Mayer, Senior Vice President, Marketing - Precept Wine, Seattle, WA
Growing For Canned Wine - Sydney Anderson, Viticulturist - Goose Ridge Vineyards, Benton City, WA
Winemaking For Cans - Keith Kenison, Senior Director of Winemaking - Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Prosser, WA
What Can Go Wrong The Day Of Canning? - Julian Barton, Founder - Vice Canning, Inc., Wilsonville, OR
Panel Discussion - Moderator: Session Manager, John Freeman

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Beyond Probes and Bombs: Using Technologies To Manage Irrigation, Rooms C-D, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Yun Zhang
Technologies To Assist Soil-based Decision-making - Troy Peters, Professor of Irrigation Engineering - Washington State University, Prosser, WA
Technologies To Assist Vine-based Decision-making - Ken Shackel, Professor/Pomologist - UC Davis, Davis, CA
Technologies To Assist Weather-based Decision-making - Andrew McElrone, Research Plant Physiologist and Adjunct Associate Professor - USDA-ARS and Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, Davis, CA

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Trade Show, Great Halls A-D, Lobby, Convention Center
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Natural, Biodynamic, and Organic Wines, Rooms C-D, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, James Mantone
What Are Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Wines (Bon Wines)? - Michael Alberty, Wine Writer - The Oregonian, Portland, OR
A Producer’s Perspective - Steven Thompson, Owner / Winegrower - Analemma Wines, Mosier, OR
A Grower’s Perspective - James Bukovinsky, Vineyard Manager - Hedges Family Estate, Benton City, WA
A Retailer’s Perspective - Cole Sisson, Proprietor - Doe Bay Wine Company, Eastsound, WA

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
New Pests: Phylloxera and Spotted Lanternfly, Rooms E, F, G, H, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Gwen Hoheisel
Invasive Pests To Keep Your Eye On - Michael Bush, Pest Biologist - WA State Dept. of Agriculture, Yakima, WA
Update On Phylloxera Distribution In Washington State - Cindy Cooper, Program Manager, Plant Services Program - Washington State Department of Agriculture, Olympia, WA
Biology and Chemical Management Of Phylloxera - Doug Walsh, Professor of Entomology - Washington State University, Prosser, WA
The Rootstock Discussion: Viticulture Perspective - Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor / Statewide Viticulture Extension Specialist - Washington State University - Prosser IAREC, Prosser, WA
The Rootstock Discussion: Enology Perspective - Jim Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology - Washington State University, Richland, WA
What’s Next: Harvest Recommendations & Extension - Session Manager, Gwen Hoheisel
Identification: Hands-on Samples - Session Manager, Gwen Hoheisel; Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor / Statewide Viticulture Extension Specialist - Washington State University - Prosser IAREC, Prosser, WA

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Washington Wine Industry Foundation Party + Auction, Arena Floor, Toyota Center

Thursday, March 5
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Grower and Winery Business Transacting: Let’s Keep it Professional! - Rooms E, F, G, H, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Kent Waliser
Panel - Chris Sparkman, Dad/President/Founding Winemaker - Sparkman Cellars, Woodinville, WA; Shelby Moore, Grower Relations Representative - E & J Gallo Winery, Sunnyside, WA; Todd Newhouse, Vineyard Manager - Upland Vineyards, LLC, Outlook, WA

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Wine Business Has Changed. Have You? - Rooms C, D, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Erik McLaughlin
How Can Growers Adapt To Retain and Gain Winery Clients In An Increasingly Oversupplied Market? - Dick Boushey, Manager/Partner - Boushey Vineyards LLC, Grandview, WA
How Can Wineries Pivot Their Business Plans To Rely Less On Distribution and Grow A Profitable Dtc Business? - Ann Tucker,Partner & Director of Sales & Marketing - Reininger and Helix Wines, Walla Walla, WA
Selling Wine Through Distribution: How Can Small and Medium Sized Wineries Compete In An Increasingly Consolidated Market? - Merritt Olson, Director of Sales - Mitchell Wine Group, Portland, OR
Panel Q&A - Moderator: Session Manager, Erik McLaughlin

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mechanization Do’s and Doubts: Avoiding Implementation Pitfalls - Great Hall D, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Mike Means
Profitability vs. Financial Feasibility - Clark Seavert, Professor - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Approaching Mechanization As A Labor-saver, Not A Labor-eliminator - Kari Smasne, Canoe Ridge Vineyard Manager - Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Paterson, WA
Comparing and Contrasting Machine Management - Nick Mackay, Vineyard Manager - Shaw Vineyards, Pasco, WA
Panel Q&A - Moderator: Session Manager, Mike Means
Fall Frost Protection Strategies - Dave Harmening, Sales and Marketing Support - Orchard-Rite Inc., Wenatchee, WA; Virgil Anders, Wind Machine Sales - Cascade Wind Machine, Union Gap, WA

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Acidity: A Balancing Act From Vineyard to Bottle - Great Hall B, Convention Center
Welcome and Introductions - Session Manager, Steven Sealock
Managing Warm vs. Cool Sites For Acid - Lacey Lybeck, Vineyard Manager - Sagemoor Vineyards & Allan Bros Fruit, Naches, WA
Acid In Red Wines - Josh Maloney, Winemaking Consultant - Maloney Wine, Richland, WA
Acid In White Wines - Javier Alfonso, Owner and Winemaker - Pomum Cellars/ Idilico Wines, Woodinville, WA
Acid Interaction With Polyphenols (Tannins) - Jim Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology - Washington State University, Richland, WA
Acid Development and Vineyard Influences - Ester Hernandez-Montes, Postdoctoral Research Associate - IAREC Washington State University, Prosser, WA

11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Leadership and Legacy Luncheon - Great Halls A-C, Convention Center

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