There is just one more week to register for the conference before the cost increases. If you register after next Wednesday, February 13, the cost will be $175 per person, instead of $125/person if you register before then (additional registrants from the same farm or company will still receive a discounted rate after the 13th).
Once again, this year’s program is filled not only with some of the experts from Cornell that many of you are familiar with, but with a number of people from other organizations as well. Our business program on Wednesday, for example, includes discussions on Consumer Preferences Regarding Canned Wines led by Robert Williams of Susquehanna University, Expert Response to Non-Traditional Grapes in France by Florine Livat-Pecheux of the KEDGE Business School and the Importance of Great Wine Label Design by the A1 Resource Label Group.
Thursday’s enology-centered program will feature a number of important topics. Paul Brock of Finger Lakes Community College will speak about yeast nutrient management, microbiologist Patrick Gibney of Cornell’s Department of Food Science will help winemakers better understand viability measurements in wine microbes. Like Business Day, canned wines will be a major highlight. Gavin Sacks, of Cornell’s Department of Food Science will discuss the chemistry of wines in alternative packaging, which will be followed by panels and tastings of both NY and international canned wines. A session on FSMA training led by Randy Worobo and Chris Gerling of Cornell will top off the day’s program.
Friday’s viticulture program will include a wide range of subjects that are important for grape growers in the Northeast. After a season where we saw a lot of berry splitting in some varieties, Dr. Ben-Min Chang from Washington State will be talking about how grape berries manage water and the conditions that lead to splitting. We’ll also hear from Dr. David Wolfe about the latest projections on how climate change is impacting agriculture, including vineyards, in New York and the Northeast. Other talks will cover source-sink relationships in grapevines during their annual growth pattern, the formation of Finger Lakes soils, and some of the important compounds in grapes beyond sugar and acids that growers should know about and how those are influenced in the vineyard. As usual, we’ll finish the day with some important pest management information, including the latest on the spotted lanternfly from experts in both Pennsylvania and New York.
A few quick notes about the conference:
And finally, we are excited to announce that we will be making the conference available online for the first time. This will allow people who are located further away from the Finger Lakes, such as our friends on Long Island or up in the North Country, to be able to have access to the same information that those who attend the conference in person will have. At the same time, however, let me point out a few benefits of being at B.E.V. NY in person:
To register for the online option, choose the ‘webinar’ option for the day(s) you would like to attend on the registration page. You will be sent the link for the online connection a few days ahead of time. You will also need to have an Internet connection with decent speed in order to get the most out of the conference when online. If you have any questions about this option, please contact Gemma Osborne, our conference coordinator, at email@example.com or 315-787-2248.
You can see the program schedule for each day at http://www.bevny.org/program2.
Registration can be found here: http://www.bevny.org/register/
RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467