6th Annual Postmodern Winemaking Symposium:
California’s Premier Wine Industry Event

6th Annual Postmodern Winemaking Symposium

100 Winemakers share 10,000 glasses

December 1-2, 2018

Shone Farm,

Santa Rosa, CA



Postmodern Winemaking Theory


Symposium – GREEK: debate, plot, boast, revel and drink.  Join us behind the curtain of standard platitudes to tap into the cutting edge of wine science and taste the liquid visions of seasoned veterans and emerging hipster winemakers.

Wine holds a cherished place in our culture. Yet seldom is its nature and potential discussed with candor and vulnerability. The Postmodern Winemaking Symposium provides a forum where trained enologists and self-taught winemakers explore practical philosophy and converse authentically with trade professionals and wine lovers.


Saturday & Sunday 9AM - 5 PM

The purpose of the Symposium is to get winemakers talking.  Imagine 100 of us, each one the world’s top expert in their own niche, discussing hot topics with lots of wines present.

Day One (100 winemakers) Saturday 9AM - 5 PM

  • Saturday:
    • 2018 Harvest review
      • Smoke taint vineyard chemistry & wine treatment
      • Chemistry of a weird year: low brixes, low TAs
      • Pyrazine removal, integration and masking
    • Emerging technologies Parade

    This year, in day two, we will invite wine trade professionals for a candid exchange of perspectives.

    Day Two (100 winemakers plus 36 trade professionals) Sunday 9AM - 5PM

    • Philosopher Dwight Furrow will direct a discussion of what draws us to drink and make wine and introduce a theory of vitality he will be exploring in his upcoming book.
    • Microbiology of spontaneous fermentation

    • Natural Wine: What is it?  What merits are in the concept?

    • Emerging regions and varieties outside the three-tier system

      Participants are invited to bring a wine or two for sharing with colleagues to illustrate a topic of your choice. Six 750 ml bottles are required. 






      Don’t miss the California wine event of the year!


      Free to Symposium Participants


      December 1, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM


      Shone Farm
      Santa Rosa, CA

      This powerful two-hour workshop, which explores the new science of cognitive enology through experiences of the effect of music on wine sensory perception, is included in the tuition for participants in this weekend's Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry class and open to the public for $30. Please reserve seating.  

      "It is not our goal to agree.  The multiplicity of expression that characterizes our industry cannot survive if we all do the same thing.” -Clark Smith                                                  


      "I love this book: it’s brave, provocative, and fun. Smith has a writing style that’s engaging and that enlivens what would otherwise risk being indigestible wine science. This is a significant contribution to the literature on winemaking."
      --Jamie Goode, author of The Science of Wine and Authentic Wine

      "An engaging, frequently controversial, but always thoughtful treatise that delves into the complexity of philosophical choices and new technologies that are now part of every winemaker's existence in a world where consilience of art and science is frequently needed. This book should be required reading for all winemakers, aspiring winemakers, and anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of wine."
      --Joel Peterson, founder, Ravenswood Winery  

      Only by disagreeing- and tasting - can we discern our own place in the wine world.


      Hosted at the beautiful Shone Farm in the Russian River,

      Santa Rosa Junior College's experimental organic farm, vineyard, winery, culinary lab and Equestrian Center

      7450 Steve Olson Lane Forestville, CA 95436-9450