Jens and Tina each took a day off work to attend one day of the Eastern Winery Exposition – which is held in Lancaster every other year (the odd years are held in Syracuse). We split up for the educational sessions, so that we could cover the double track of seminars. Luckily we did, as there was a lot of good information! We also had time to walk through the exhibit area and talk to a lot of vendors.
Sessions that were especially useful were a track dealing with the chemistry, processing and fermentation of fruit wines; and a session devoted entirely to Chardonel,
which is a variety we recently planted. Other sessions dealt with filtering protocols for winemakers, and fungal disease prevention in the vineyard.
We ran into several winery owners we knew, met new ones and also met several of Tina’s former “classmates” from the HACC enology/viticulture program. Definitely a worthwhile day!