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IQ 2019 Session Preview: Climate Change and the Future of Winemaking

by Press Release
May 13, 2019

Climate change is a hot topic (pun intended) in the wine industry. But do you know what, if any, threat climate change poses to ultra-premium winemaking? This session will discuss how rising temperatures ripening, maturity, alcohol level and resulting wine aesthetic, as well as explore recommended vineyard management and winemaking techniques to counteract the consistently warmer growing seasons.

The session will feature a panel of experts, including Elizabeth Wolkovich, associate professor, University of British Columbia; Daniel Daou, winemaker and co-proprietor, Daou Family Estates; Nicolas Quille, chief winemaking and operations officer, Crimson Wine Group; and Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz, president, Geisenheim University.

With research on how a warming climate affects Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties, Wolkovich is an expert in the first-hand implications of temperature on viticulture. She has presented some of her other research at the Porto Protocol Climate Change Conference earlier this year. Daniel Daou has completed extensive trials on shade cloth, and how different colors of cloth protect—or don’t protect— his grapes. He’ll pour wines from the trials so that attendees can taste for themselves. Nicolas Quille, as chief winemaking and operations officer for Crimson Wine Group, is tasked with maintaining high-quality grapes across all properties, each vineyard experiencing its own changing climate. He’ll talk about the ways he’s mitigating the effects.

Now, in its fifth year, IQ is a two-day event taking place on May 22-23, 2019 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley. Click here to register for IQ.

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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