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Basic, advanced winemaking workshops planned

May 27, 2008

ANNAPOLIS - The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the Maryland Wineries Association, will present two workshops for Maryland's commercial grape and wine industry on June 5 and 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters at 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis.

These workshops on basic and advance winemaking are are a follow-up to the three New Grape Grower Workshops which were offered in February and March.

The featured speakers will be Michael Jones and Jeff Heacock of Scott Labs. There will also be input from local industry and university specialists. The workshops will include demonstrations, samples, and examples of the various topics.

Basic techniques will be covered on Thursday, June 5, including importance of grape quality, cultured vs. wild yeast, proper dehydration of both yeast and ML bacteria, grape quality and nutrition, importance of pH, timing of MLF, winery sanitation, management of SO2, common pitfalls, wine flaws, and others.

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Advanced techniques will be covered June 6, including tannin management, proper use of enzymes, type and proper use of fining agents, and the use of various forms of inactivated yeast for building body and complexity and dealing with certain off-sulfur characteristics, and others.

The cost of the workshop is $30 per day for Maryland residents and includes any handouts, lunch, and demonstration samples.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to the first 60 people. The deadline for registration is June 2. Late registration or at-the-door fee is $50, if space allows.

Registration cancellations received by June 3 will be fully refunded.

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