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IQ 2019 Winemaker Trials Submission Period Closes Friday

Innovation + Quality 2019 will be held May 22-23, 2019 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in the Napa Valley
by Wine Business Monthly
March 20, 2019

NAPA, CA (March 19, 2019) Friday, March 22 is the last day to submit your winemaking trials for inclusion in Innovation + Quality's Winemaker Trials Showcase on May 22-23 2019. Share the results of your trials on barrels, closures, winemaking methods and more with your peers at the industry's premier conference for advanced winemaking. 

Wine Business Monthly created Innovation + Quality (IQ), a one-of-a-kind forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on innovations that advance wine quality. The forum will include a Wine Trials Tasting where winemakers will pour wines from lab trials or full-scale production experiments they are conducting. Other winemakers in attendance will walk around, taste the wines and give feedback to the winemakers pouring their samples.

To submit a trial for consideration, please click here.

The submission deadline is March 22, 2019.

Here's what you need to know about the Winemaker Trials Tasting: 

What is a “Trials Tasting” presentation?
Our Trials Tasting is designed to be a fun and low-key forum for you to share lab trials or full-scale production experiments with your fellow winemakers and colleagues in a relaxed setting. This session will offer an opportunity to taste trial results and converse with friends and share ideas. Any winemaker can present a Trials Tasting, however space is limited and trial selection will be made by our IQ Advisory Board.

What makes this Trials Tasting different?
You will get a chance to pour samples of your wine trials during a relaxed session. Discuss your results with other winemakers. Bring out samples of your lots to share. This is as much a social session as it is a technical one.

How much wine do I need to bring?
We require a minimum of at least six bottles each of at least two different wines (one from the control sample and the other from a test sample).

Can anyone participate?
Yes, any winemaker can present a Trials Tasting, however space is limited and the IQ Advisory Board will select which trials will present.

What types of trials are appropriate?
Here is a short list of possible trials or experiments you might share with us, just to get some ideas going:
- Fermentation vessels (concrete, eggs, amphorae)
- Yeast strains (natural vs. commercial, sacch vs. non-sacch, etc.)
- Alternative barrel woods (i.e., non-quercus species)
- Extraction techniques
- Oxygenation trials
- Grapevine clone differences
- Irrigation or pruning levels

How technical do I need to be?
There should be some basic scientific structure to your experiment (a control sample, a test sample and some general conclusions). This session will keep the technical rigor and writing requirements to a minimum.

Do I need to be present at the Trials Tasting session?
Yes. The purpose is to present your findings and your wines in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. It just wouldn’t be the same without you!

How difficult will it be to prepare the presentation?
Not difficult at all. The WBM team will work closely with you to create a visual presentation. If your trial is selected, we will provide you with instructions for emailing us your basic information, results and a list of lot samples. We will provide all visual displays onsite.

What do I get out of this?
• Your name and company included in the program guide
• Admission to the full conference for you + two tickets to the trials tastings for your colleagues
• A chance to share some of your favorite lots with friends and colleagues and get their feedback
• Networking, interaction, your own tasting station and bragging rights

About Innovation + Quality
Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2019 is 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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