Biodynamic Grapegrowing and Winemaking Short Course December 2
Sponsored by Demeter USA and the University of California Cooperative Extension, the full day session offers a comprehensive look at Biodynamic® farming and winemaking from local practitioners and winemakers along with an open forum for questions. The event will be held at the historic Rutherford Grange from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Rutherford, CA – October 14, 2010
This seminar and tasting was created especially for those in the wine community interested in learning more about Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Practical information on the certification process will be shared, and myths and misinformation will be clarified. Attendees will learn how this high level sustainable farming practice contributes to grape and wine quality.
Join committed practitioners and educators for a full day seminar and tasting created especially for those in the wine community interested in learning more about Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Practical information on the certification process will be shared, and myths and misinformation will be clarified. Attendees will learn how this high level sustainable farming practice contributes to grape and wine quality.
The Short Course begins with an overview of the emerging marketplace interest in Biodynamic agriculture and products, and proceeds through a series of focused conversations among veteran vintners and viticulture experts on topics of fundamental importance for American wine: What defines a BD farm in concept? What practices make up a BD winegrowing system? What effect does it have on grape vines and wine? Is there any science to back it up? What are the similarities and differences between NOP organic and Demeter Biodynamic? What do BD winemakers have to say? The speaker list includes garden curator Jeff Dawson, Grgich Hills’ Ivo Jeramz and Dave Bos, and industry veterans Paul Dolan and Mike Benziger
BD Winegrowing Short Course will take place on Thursday December 2 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the historic Rutherford Grange at 8550 St. Helena Highway in Rutherford CA. Free parking is available. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132064 for $75 through November 17, at which time the ticket price will increase to $85.
For more information contact Elizabeth Candelario at 707-529-4412 or Elizabeth@demeter-usa.org.
About the Rutherford Grange
Grange Halls were an integral part of rural life across the country after the civil war. Originally created for farming families as community centers, the Granges also banded together as an affiliation to advocate and advance farmer interests. The Rutherford Grange has served as a meeting place within Napa Valley since 1914, and hosted many public events including socials, dances and even meal service for migrant farm workers. Like many Granges across California, the Rutherford Grange suffered from an aging and dwindling membership, but has recently been given new life by fresh leadership and a renewed sense of purpose.
Plans include fixing up the Grange Hall and hosting a broad range of community events.