Session Description: Land use regulations and environmental controls are blamed for severely limiting expansion of the wine industry in the United States and Canada . Panelists will present both sides of the argument in this controversial topic.
2241 Wine Economy from the Global to the Local
Wednesday, 4/18/07, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Room: Union Square 18, SF Hilton
Economic Geography Specialty Group
Wine Specialty Group
Session Description: Is there is a "MondoVino," as the 2004 French film by that name tried to demonstrate? Economic clusters and global commodity chains increasingly characterize the wine sector. Transnational firms, winemakers, and consultants coordinate production between northern and southern hemispheres in order to make wine on a year round basis. Bulk wine is shipped worldwide. And, it has been argued that the global appeal of wine ratings, like those of Robert Parker, is changing the ways that wines are crafted, selected and imbibed worldwide. At the same time, there are surprising economic geographies that are emerging out of the latest round of globalization in the wine industry. The papers in this session address emerging economic patterns and practices of wine producers "from the global to the local" through consideration of the changing economic structures, global networks and competitive dynamics generated by the intersection of international and domestic firms in a variety of wine regions. In addition the papers explore the diverging paths of wine regions in terms of their developmental impacts, practices and understandings, and reflect both upon the role that place and context share in producing wine for a global market, and the way context and place are transformed through wine development.
1:20 PM Author(s): *Lee F Johnson - California State University, Monterey Bay
Thomas Trout - USDA Agricultural Research Service
Jim Gartung - USDA Agricultural Research Service
John Hornbuckle - CSIRO Australia
Session Description: Papers in this session investigate the physical and cultural characteristics that make each region unique.
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3770 Wine Specialty Group Business Meeting
Thursday, 4/19/07, from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Room: Monterey 1 - Hotel Nikko 3rd Floor
Wine Specialty Group
Organizer(s): Program Committee
Session Description: Business meeting actually begins at the conclusion of the "Wine Tasting: Virtual Fieldtrip of Lodi's Seven Appellations" workshop.
Sonoma County Wine Geography
Monday, April 16, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Organizers/Leaders: Bill Crowley, Sonoma State University ; Larry Ford, San Diego State University
Trip Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $75 (includes transportation, entrance fees, handouts, box lunch, drinks)
Sonoma County possesses a diverse array of growing conditions represented by a dozen AVAs. The viticultural/oenological part of our journey will begin in the cooler southern Sonoma Valley/western Carneros AVAs, including a visit to Gloria Ferrer, principally a sparkling wine producer with extensive relatively flat valley floor plantings. From there we proceed northward to the warmer central Sonoma Valley through the village of Glen Ellen to Benziger Winery in the Sonoma Mountain AVA and a site of biodynamic farming practices with rolling to mountainous topography. After lunch we shall continue northwestward through the Sonoma Valley and the city of Santa Rosa to emerge in the Russian River AVA, a relatively cool region where Sonoma-Cutrer fashions Chardonnay wines from hillside vines. After our visit there we return to San Francisco on Highway 101. In addition to wine tastings the trip will include discussions of climate, soils, viticultural practices and AVA integrity.
Wine Regions of Lodi: California's Rising Star
Tuesday, April 17, 8:00am - 4:00/6:00pm
Organizer/Leader: Percy H. Dougherty, Kutztown University; Mark Chandler, Lodi-Woodbridge Grapegrowers
Trip Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $45 (includes transportation, admission fees, refreshments)
Move over Napa and Sonoma , here comes Lodi . Eighteen percent of California wine comes from Lodi , more than Napa and Sonoma combined. Known for power-packed "old-vines" Zinfandels, Lodi is expanding production, increasing quality and gaining prestige from its award wining wines. Lodi is a required side trip for wine aficionados visiting San Francisco . Nestled between San Francisco and the Sierra foothills, Lodi was recently divided into seven appellations based on elevation, climate, soils, and topography. The trip illustrates how Lodi differs from other wine producing districts and investigates inter-regional influences on the grape produced and the characteristics of the wine. Participants should bring money for lunch.
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Wine Tasting Workshop: Vineyard Location and Sensory Perception of Zinfandel Wines
Wednesday, April 18, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Organizer/Instructor: Percy H. Dougherty, Kutztown University ; Kent Rosenblum, Winemaker, Rosenblum Cellers
Workshop Capacity: 40
Room: Monterey 1 at the Nikko Hotel
Zinfandel is the most distinctly California wine variety, going back to the California gold rush. Its long history is evidenced by descriptors of "old-vines" and "ancient-vines" on bottles and its nomination as the State grape. After a period of relative obscurity, Zinfandel is finding great acceptance today as both white Zinfandel and the traditional red variety. Great variation exists in its nose and taste depending on where it is produced. We will taste samples of red Zinfandel and show the impact of "terroir", or elevation, topography, soil, microclimate, and other spatial attributes on these fruity, aromatic, full-bodied wines. Taste geography!
WORKSHOP Wine Tasting Workshop: Virtual Fieldtrip of Lodi 's Seven Appellations
Thursday, April 19, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Organizer/Instructor: Percy H. Dougherty, Kutztown University ; Mark Chandler, Lodi-Woodbridge Grapegrowers
Workshop Capacity: 60
Room: Monterey 1 at the Nikko Hotel
Join Mark Chandler, Executive Director of the Lodi-Woodbridge Grapegrowers Association and award winning wine educator, as he leads us through a vicarious fieldtrip of the climate, landforms and soils of Lodi , California . This is one of the up and coming wine districts of California and is producing many exciting wines. Taste wines from the seven appellations of Lodi and determine for yourself how the physical geography of each region influences the wine and makes each region unique.