The 2018 New Mexico Wine Education Conference offers a rich menu of educational seminars, vital to the New Mexico wine and grape industry. This conference brings speakers from across the country to share their knowledge and expertise from viticulture and enology to business and development. This event will be held at the Eldorado Hotel in iconic Santa Fe and provides a gathering place for the wine industry to come together as a community, to learn and celebrate.

Join us for a dynamic occasion February 6, 2018 - February 8, 2018


Tuesday, February 6th
8:00am MST - 9:00am MST

Welcome & Introductions
9:00am MST - 9:15am MST

New Mexico Viticulture Update
9:15am MST - 10:00am MST

Presented by Dr. Gill Giese, New Mexico State Extension Viticulturist

Canopy Management, Crop Load and Vine Balance
10:00am MST - 10:50am MST

Presented by Dr. Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist & Associate Professor at Oregon State University

10:00am MST - 10:50am MST

Presented by Nichola Hall from Scott Labs

Exhibitor Introductions
11:00am MST - 11:50am MST

Catered Lunch
12:00pm MST - 1:00pm MST

Wine Mouthfeel Workshop
1:00pm MST - 1:50pm MST

Presented by Eglantine Chauffour of Enartis Vinquiry

Soil Health Assessments, Indicators & Soil Health Management
1:00pm MST - 1:50pm MST

Presented by Rudy Garcia ,Regional Soil Health Specialist (NM, AZ, CO, UT) at USDA - NRCS

Fixing Faulty Wine
2:00pm MST - 2:50pm MST

Presented by Luke Holcombe of Scott Labs

Building Apprenticeships for the Grape and Wine Industry
2:00pm MST - 2:50pm MST

Presented by Dr. Bill Alter Special Projects Coordinator at Missouri State University - VESTA

Singe Variety - Pinot Noir
3:00pm MST - 4:00pm MST

Presented by Dr. Patty Skinkis,Viticulture Extension Specialist & Associate Professor at Oregon State University

Noisy Water Wine Reception
5:00pm MST - 7:00pm MST

Industry Tasting Event

Wednesday, February 7th
8:00am MST - 9:00am MST

Marketing Initiatives for New Mexico Wine
9:00am MST - 9:50am MST

Presented by Dean Strober, New Mexico Wine Director of Events and Paul Tincknell of Tincknell & Tincknell

Grape Myths, Mystery and Terroir
10:00am MST - 10:50am MST

Presented by Dr. Gill Giese, New Mexico State Extension Viticulturist

Great Product, Great Price, Great Marketing
10:00am MST - 10:50am MST

Presented by Tami Moccia

Grant Workshop
11:00am MST - 11:50am MST

Presented by Jesse Bopp and Kim Giang from the United Stated Department of Agriculture and Sarah Hacker from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Sherry, Port & Fortified Wine
11:00am MST - 11:50am MST

Presented by Etienne Cowper, Enology Consultant

Catered Lunch
12:00pm MST - 1:00pm MST

General Membership Meeting
1:00pm MST - 1:50pm MST

Succession Planning
2:00pm MST - 2:50pm MST

Presented by Annette Hayden of Barraclough & Associates

The key steps in Rosé winemaking
2:00pm MST - 2:50pm MST

Presented by Dr. Eglantine Chauffour of Enartis Vinquiry

Master Sommelier Wine Tasting
3:00pm MST - 4:30pm MST

Maser Somelier Wine Tasting with Tim Gaiser

Thursday, February 8th
8:00am MST - 8:30am MST

New Research and Insights into Red Hybrid Wine Production
8:30am MST - 9:15am MST

Presented by Sean Sheehan of Sheehan Winery

Grapevine Anatomy, Physiology & Practical Applications in the Vineyard
9:15am MST - 10:00am MST

Presented by Dr. Gill Giese, New Mexico State Extension Viticulturist

10:00am MST - 10:15am MST

10:15am MST - 11:00am MST

Presented by Erica Millette of New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Home Winemaking
11:00am MST - 11:45am MST

Presented by Jens Deichmann


Dr. Eglantine Chauffour
Enartis Vinquiry
As product specialist at Enartis USA, Eglantine works on research projects, technical support, and consulting services for the wine industry. She holds a double master’s degree in Viticulture-Oenology and Agronomic Engineering from Montpellier SupAgro (France). Her international background, with experience in France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and now USA, gives her a large view of wines and process around the world. Working as a winemaker, research projects manager and winemaking consultant, she loves to make rose and sparkling. With her expansive knowledge, she brings to the conference unique knowledge on Rose wine production.
Dr. Gill Giese
Extension Viticulture Specialist,New Mexico State University
Dr. Giese is Extension Viticulture Specialist and Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. He has worked in viticulture and enology research for over 20 years. He worked on vineyard mechanization and berry composition in juice and wine grapes at University of Arkansas from 1995 to 2000. From 2001 to 2012 he was a viticulture instructor at Surry Community College, in Dobson, NC and a commercial winemaker/viticulturist at Shelton Vineyards in North Carolina from 2013 to 2017. He earned a doctorate in viticulture at Virginia Tech in 2014. He has investigated cover crops and root pruning as tools to manage excessive vine vigor. Currently Dr. Giese's research focus is on soil nutritional related issues, nematodes, frost/cold mitigation, variety and rootstock trials, canopy management and trellising impacts on yield and berry composition, as well as grapevine/water relations in New Mexico and arid southwest.
Dr. Patty Skinkis
Viticulture Extension Specialist & Associate Professor,Oregon State University
Dr. Skinkis is Viticulture Extension Specialist and Associate Professor at Oregon State University where she conducts applied research and provides outreach and education programs for the Oregon winegrape industry. She has a PhD in Horticulture (Viticulture) from Purdue University. Her research program focuses on whole plant physiology studies that are designed to understand the causes and management of vine vigor, physiology of vine balance and their impacts on fruit composition and wine quality. Her research also includes work on bud fruitfulness, yield management, fine-tuning canopy management methods, sustainable viticulture production, and understanding production factors that drive implementation of various practices. As Extension Specialist, Patty develops educational programs and informational publications for the Oregon industry statewide. Some of her outreach efforts include bringing industry members together in technical groups to allow information exchange between university and industry on new research results and innovations. Her efforts in outreach expand beyond that of Oregon, as she is involved in national Extension efforts through extension and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, where she serves as a board director.
Luke Holcombe
Scott Laboratories
Luke was born and raised in California’s Central Valley surrounded by wine grapes. This led him to pursue a degree at CalPoly in Wine and Viticulture. Prior to joining Scott Laboratories, he was Assistant Winemaker at McManis Family Vineyards in Ripon, California and head winemaker for Post Winery in Altus, Arkansas. He uses his background in large scale, commercial winemaking in helping his customers refine processes and solve problems.
Tami Moccia
Tami worked in the New York City restaurant scene in many capacities including bartender, manager, Sommelier and wine buyer.  Loving the unique idea of having an occasional weekend or holiday off she took a position as fine wine sales at Southern Wine & Spirits in Manhattan.  From there she has spent the last 10 years working directly with wineries launching and growing successful brands such as Armand de Brrignac (Ace of Spades) Champagne, Belaire Sparkling Rose, and Evan's & Tate.  She handles all aspects of the wines growth including opening over 16 states on the east coast, managing distributor relationships, pricing, programming, inventory, marketing, consumer/trade shows, events and hiring and training new employees as the companies grow.  She received her Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College in 2000 and her certification from American Sommelier Association in New York City in 2005.  She is looking forward to making the move from New York to Albuquerque in January.
Tim Gaiser
Master Sommelier
An internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer, Tim Gaiser is one of 246 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is the former Director of Education and Education chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Over his 25-plus year career Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors. In addition to his various consulting, writing and teaching projects, Tim is now focused on a large-scale project involving the use of behavioral and neuro-sciences to teach and improve olfactory and palate memory and synesthesia as they apply not only to wine, but to other industries including spirits, coffee, tea, olive oil, and perfumes. His cutting-edge research in this area is increasing the awareness of how our minds recognize and code smells and tastes. Tim travels the world for his work and lives with his family in New Mexico.
Rudy Garcia
Regional Soil Health Specialist (NM, AZ, CO, UT),USDA - NRCS
Rudy Garcia, for the past 28 years, has worked for the USDA-NRCS and has been in the State Agronomist position for 10-years. In New Mexico, the main agronomic issues that he has worked on are: irrigation water management, salinity mgt., nutrient mgt., cropping systems that build soil health (i.e., crop rotation, cover crops, high quality compost, hoop houses, subsurface drip irrigation and minimum-till). Since October 2016, he has been Regional Soil Health Specialist for the states of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. In this position, his major responsibilities are to facilitate the adoption of soil health management systems. This requires that he work with our NRCS State Offices/Specialists, conservation partners, producers, Plant Material Center and others to identify training needs, keeping our staff updated on the latest soil health findings/assessments, tools, etc. The major emphasis will be to advance the art and science of building healthy soils through our NRCS conservation practices/management, by understanding how the soil resource ecosystem functions. Emphasis is on building healthy and productive soils that protect the natural resources.
Dr. Bill Alter
Special Projects Coordinator,Missouri State University - VESTA
Bill is Special Projects Coordinator for The Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Education Alliance (VESTA) that is dedicated to addressing the technical workforce needs of the grape and wine industry (GWI). Established at Missouri State University through a grant from the National Science Foundation, VESTA is in its 14th year as a partnership of 16 colleges and universities including Santa Fe Community College. VESTA enables students to acquire knowledge through industry-validated online courses and develop critical skills in structured field practicums and technical workshops. Recognizing the need for students to gain experience beyond the scope of traditional education programs, VESTA is working with industry representatives to gain recognition for GWI jobs to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program. Bill’s career includes conducting research at Kirtland AFB, being on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and serving as a Space Grant Fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
Etienne Cowper
Consulting Enologist
Etienne is a professionally trained commercial winemaker, manager, consultant, wine judge, and instructor with over 30 years of experience. He has extensive involvement in the areas of wine production, winery design, wine analysis, and wine evaluation. His expertise is in making, blending, and finishing fine wines.


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