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Sonoma State and VESTA Partner to Offer Wine and Must Analysis Workshop in the North Coast

October 02, 2013


Rohnert Park, CA - The ability to accurately and efficiently analyze your wineries grape juice during crush and wines through the year is crucial to the success and quality of your brand. The workshop will cover a number of topics in the arena of wine and must analysis, essential components of winemaking and winery operations: including pH; analytical methodology; laboratory techniques and how one does calculations leading from lab data to results. Wine and juice analysis techniques involve a lot of chemistry; it is important that winemakers, enologist and lab assistants are accustomed and comfortable with the lab and tools available to them.

The workshop will weave lectures with practical lab exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring their own wine or juice samples and to ask questions about things they don’t understand or have forgotten. Basic lab methods will be covered with a goal of gaining experience in the mechanics of these methods. Participants will be familiarized with various tips and tools during the course of the workshop to give the winemaker a better understanding of where they are in the winemaking process and to possibly warn of troubles on the horizon, making better winemakers.

This workshop will benefit winemakers, enologists, lab assistants, cellar workers and others in the industry who seek a deeper understanding of these topics and their impact on a winery’s success.
Greg Siewert, instructor and assistant winemaker at Napa Valley College, will guide the participants through various analysis and laboratory techniques necessary to have a well-functioning wine lab that is able to produce results.

The 1.5 day workshop will be held at Napa Valley College.

Workshop Dates: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact Jessica Heing, or 707-664-3347 for questions.

Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Cost of the 1.5 day workshop is $249 per person in advance, $300 at the door, if space is available. Pre-registration is required. Follow this link to access the registration form: Wine and Must Analysis Workshop.

A box lunch will be included on Saturday.

About Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute

Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is located in the heart of California wine country and was created through a public-private partnership between the university and the wine industry. Founded in 1996, it is the first program in the United States to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees focused exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. In addition to its academic programs the Wine Business Institute offers an array of seminars and certificates. Its faculty members are published experts, active researchers, and requested presenters on pressing industry topics. The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics, a fully accredited AACSB institution. Learn more at

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