Schedule & Topics

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Check In

Doors open. Attendees check-in and receive their Symposium materials.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Address

Overview of Sparkling Wine in Oregon

9:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Session One

Sparkling Viticulture

Challenge of sparkling vs. still

Site selection and vineyard design

Clone selection

Best practices for sparkling in the Willamette Valley and Oregon

Guided tasting of clonal base wine comparisons

Discussion and Q&A

  • Craig Ledbetter
    Vino Farms, LLC
    Lodi, CA
  • Rollin Soles
    ROCO Winery
    Newberg, OR
  • Scott Dwyer
    Chemeketa Community College
    Wine Studies Program
    Salem, OR

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session Two

Base Wine Prep

Initial production preparations

Juice to bottling production

Preparation for aging

Discussion and Q&A

  • Darren Michaels
    Laffort USA
    Oregon & Washington
  • Tex Sawyer
    Scharffenberger Cellars, retired
    Philo, CA

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon

Peter Liem

Keynote Speaker
Wine Writer & Critic
Author of Champagne
Épernay, France

Mr. Liem will be speaking about the relationship between sense of place and product as it pertains to sparkling wine.

  • How sense of place manifests itself into sparkling wine
  • Champagne and its ownership of product as its brand
  • The romance behind expression of terroir and how that translates into the final product

1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Session Three

Aging Sparkling en Tirage

Evolution of wine in the aging process

Blending practices and procedures

Sparkling program development in Oregon wineries

Guided tastings of yeast and tannin comparison trials

Discussion and Q&A

  • Darren Michaels
    Laffort USA
    Oregon & Washington
  • Gina Hennen
    Adelsheim Vineyard
    Newberg, OR
  • Kate Payne-Brown
    Stoller Family Estate
    Dayton, OR

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sparkling Social

with Peter Liem

Enjoy conversations with fellow Symposium attendees, a meet and greet, and book signing opportunity with keynote Peter Liem while we pop corks from a collection of sparkling wine producers in Oregon.

RSVP Required with Registration