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Save The Date: January 28, 2023 – Sensory Training for Winemakers

You make good wines but can you make your wines better?

We’re finalizing a multi-part workshop series to help winemakers increase their knowledge and develop skills in identifying tastes and aromas in wines. While most of what we taste and smell in wines is likeable, there are times when they’re not. We’ll learn to identify what we like and what we don’t.

The first workshop is offered on Saturday, January 28, 2023. In this workshop, we’ll focus on taste. What is it that you taste in wines and how do you describe it? The workshop is part lecture followed by tasting base wines with varying levels of tannins, acids, sugar and alcohol. Learn to taste and recognize the differences so that you can make adjustments in your wines to achieve a desired style or sensory profile.

The series continues in the future with wine aromas – the science of smell and identifying and evaluating aromas. Learn how various oaks and oak toasts influence your wine’s flavor. The third program centers on wine faults – learn to identify, prevent, and fix.

Pat Henderson returns to SHW as the instructor for the series. Pat was also the instructor for this summer’s SHW Blending Workshop. Pat has been a commercial winemaker for over 30 years, publishes, has his own winemaking consulting firm and also teaches at UC Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College.

This workshop is full; registration is closed. Click here to be placed on a waiting list for seats that might open up due to cancellations. Questions? Contact Donna Bettencourt at donnab1045@gmail.com.