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Last Chance to Grab Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2019 Tickets at Early-bird Pricing

Featuring sessions developed with the quality-focused winemaker in mind, the two-day-long conference will take place May 22-23, 2019 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in the Napa Valley
by Wine Business Monthly
April 24, 2019

Early-bird pricing and registration for Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2019, a forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality, ends on Friday, April 26, 2019. Click here to register for IQ.

Register by the end of the day on Friday, April 26, 2019 in order to save money and ensure your seat in sessions. Last year, IQ sessions sold out quickly, so don't miss your chance to learn from winemaking experts and peers. Early bird pricing saves you $100 on session passes. Association discounts are available; ask your association representative for your association's discount code.

This year’s featured sessions include:

A Global Tasting Event: Winemaking Practices Around the World
Join four of the world's most celebrated winemakers in an unprecedented exploration of the trials, challenges and rewards of growing grapes and vinifying wine across the globe, with experience that ranges from Napa to France, Argentina to Israel, New Zealand and South Africa.

Moderator: Elaine Chukan Brown,
Zelma Long, Vilafonte
Laura Catena, Bodega Catena Zapata
Jenny Dobson, Winetrust
Celia Welch, Corra Wines

Recent Research: Research That Will Change the Way You Make Wine
New research comes along all the time, but what is really applicable to day-to-day winemaking? This session will feature research that has immediate relevance and can be acted upon in the next vintage.


Anita Oberholster Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Luca Brillante Ph.D., Viticulture Research at California State University, Fresno

Advances in White Winemaking: The Latest Innovations in Technologies and Processes for White Varieties
Looking to improve your white wines? What are white winemakers experimenting with and implementing? Hear about the practical applications of some of the newest technologies and some interesting ideas to explore in your own winemaking process. The session will focus on tank stirring, oxygen management, and role of fermentation temperature to improve or adjust mouthfeel and aromas.

Moderator: Cara Morrison, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Kristen Barnhisel, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wine
Cheryl Francis, A to Z Wineworks
Donald Wirz, Delicato Family Wines

Climate Change and the Future of Winemaking
What threat does climate change pose to ultra-premium winemaking? How will rising temperatures affect ripening, maturity, alcohol levels and more? This session will explore the ways to counteract a warmer growing season in both the vineyard and the winery.


Elizabeth Wolkovich, University of British Columbia
Daniel Daou, Daou Family Estates
Nicolas Quille, Crimson Wine Group

Now in its fifth year, IQ has expanded to a two-day event taking place May 22-23, 2019 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in the Napa Valley.


Join us on May 22 for the opening night soiree celebrating the leading innovators in ultra-premium winemaking and raising funds to support smoke taint research.

Held in the newly renovated Mansion Gardens at the Silverado Resort, IQ CONNECT will feature select bars pouring wines made by IQ Advisory Board Members, select Green Medal Award Winners and more!

Tickets to IQ Connect are $95. Admittance is included with an Innovation + Quality 2018 Session Pass. For more information, visit or call 707-940-4749.

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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