Trade Confab Sunday Page PMWS 4 2016


Only by disagreeing – and tasting –

can we discern our own place

in the wine world.

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.

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.

The Saturday prior to our meeting, winemakers gather to  exchange observations on the 2016 harvest, discuss technical issues, and reflect philosophically about why and how we ply our craft.

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

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

    • Transparency
    • Natural Wine: What is it? What merits are in the concept?
    • Microbiology of spontaneous fermentations
    • 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.

Held this year at the beautiful Shone Farm!

7450 Steve Olson Lane near Forestville, approximately 12 miles from downtown Santa Rosa.


Delicious local cuisine available for purchase from Odd Couple Catering

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


Free to Symposium Participants

December 3, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM

Shone Farm
Forestville, 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
Tuition includes a copy of
Postmodern Winemaking, Wine and Spirits
Magazine’s 2013
Book of the Year


"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
Smith is a writer who can charge way ahead of you (or rather, ahead of me) in scientific exposition yet keep you tagging breathlessly along, full of interest and bursting with questions.  As I say, you must read this book.”