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IQ Connect Raises $5,000 for Smoke Taint Research

by Innovation + Quality Press Release
September 19, 2018

NAPA, CA (September 19, 2018) – Guests at the first annual IQ Connect, an opening night soiree for the lauded Innovation + Quality (IQ) event, the only forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on innovations that advance wine quality, raised $5,000 for enterprising smoke taint research.

A portion of the ticket sales were donated to the UC Regents to fund a gift to support the research that Dr. Anita Oberholster is doing regarding the impact of smoke taint on wine quality.

In response to the increasing occurrence of, and damage from, wildfires along the West Coast, UC Davis has created a smoke taint research project that takes a critical eye to the effects of smoke exposure on grapes and grapevines. Its goal is not only to help the grape and wine industry understand the problems smoke taint imparts, but to also find ways to mitigate its effects.

“There is still a lack of understanding regarding the impact of smoke exposure on grape and wine composition,” said Oberholster. “Additionally, clear guidelines about what one can do to mitigate the impact thereof on the resulting wines are needed. UCD research will focus on both these aspects.”

Held in the newly renovated Mansion Gardens at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, IQ CONNECT featured wineries and winemakers known for their devotion and dedication to innovation. On the evening of May 23, hundreds came together to taste through some of the wine world’s most cutting-edge creations in a relaxed environment. Innovation + Quality and IQ Connect are produced by Wine Business Monthly in partnership with the Napa Valley Farm Bureau and Napa Valley Vintners.

IQ CONNECT featured select bars pouring wines from distinct winemakers, wineries and award winners.

  • Marchesi Antinori: Chief executive and chief winemaker for Marchesi Antinori, Renzo Cotarella, poured Antica Chardonnay and Guado al Tasso Vermentino, following his keynote presentation and tasting earlier in the day.
  • Ridge Vineyards: Paul Draper, widely recognized as a leader in the wine industry, pioneered and popularized vineyard designated wines and has led a movement to protect and promote Californian old vine Zinfandel.
  • IQ Advisory Board Wines: Members of IQ’s outstanding board of expert winemakers were on hand to pour their acclaimed wines and discuss philosophies, methods and more.
  • Green Medal Award Winners: The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance recognized the recipients of the Green Medal Awards, vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the 3 E's of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity), at Innovation + Quality.

Dates for next year’s Innovation + Quality event have been announced. Mark May 22-23, 2019 in your calendars for another great installment of the only forum for ultra-premium winemakers focused on the technologies and innovations that advance wine quality. For more information, visit

About Innovation + Quality
Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2019 will be the fifth annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. This two-day event takes place May 22-23, 2019 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley.

This event is produced by Wine Business Monthly, the leading print publication for the wine industry, in partnership with Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa County Farm Bureau.

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