Register TODAY – 2nd Annual Texas Wine Quality Boot Camp

Register TODAY – 2nd Annual Texas Wine Quality Boot Camp

Plan on attending one or both of these information packed sessions. Our theme this year is “Texas Wine, Enhancing Color and Structure”.

2nd Annual Wine Quality Boot Camp  – June 4-7 2011

Grayson County College, T. V. Munson Viticulture & Enology Center, Denison, TX

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Check out my visit to last year’s Texas Wine Quality Boot Camp on VintageTexas:

Texas Wine Quality: Something that Will Get Even Better the More We All Talk About It

Speaker Spotlight
This year’s Camp Commander… Dr. Bobby Smith, Owner/Winemaker, La Buena Vida Vineyards Springtown, has produced Texas wine for over 30 years. He is responsible for laying the foundation for the legislation that has supported the growth of our industry. In addition to his winemaking and medical practice, Dr. Smith has taught college chemistry for almost 10 years. He has successfully fermented dessert wine to 20%, produces Texas sparkling wine by method champenoise, and most recently started to produce several Texas cheeses.

Ken Fugelsang, Associate Professor of Enology and Winemaster Emeritus, California State University, Fresno has supported our Enology Outreach program since its inception. He started the first commercial winery at a major university and has served as its Wine Master. He has published countless research publications and currently is co-author of the industry text in microbiology. In addition to his talks at boot camp, Ken will be giving hands-on demonstrations in microbial analysis for small wineries.

Dr. Randy Worobo, Associate Professor of Food Microbiology, Cornell University, has extensive knowledge in winery, beverage and food processing plant sanitation and has worked with various industries on sanitation programs. He is a member of the FDA Juice HACCP Curriculum Committee and a certified Juice HACCP Train the Trainer. He will be leading a session on Winery Sanitation Best Practices.

Dr. Barry Gump, after 40 as Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at Fresno State, Dr. Gump now is a Professor in Beverage Management at Miami International University. He is co-author of what is considered an industry standard text in wine analysis and production. He has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (1987 – 2007), and reviews technical manuscripts for a number of national, international, and trade publications. Dr. Gump has been a professional wine judge for many years at a number of major wine competitions, including the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Dr. Gump will focus spectrophotometry as to relates to understanding and measuring color, as well as looking at tannins and phenolics.

Dr. Roy Mitchell. Professor Emeritus Grayson County College and Winemaker Homestead Winery, has taught most of the people currently making wine in our State. As the developer of Mitch Lab he has promoted affordable ways to perform ongoing wine analysis in small wineries. Dr. Mitchell served as Camp Commander at our first Wine Quality Boot Camp last year and will be providing hands-on demos of several Mitch Lab techniques ion day two.

Dr. Justin Scheiner, Professor Grayson County College, as a native Texan, has recently received his doctorate in Viticulture from Cornell University will focus his discussions on dealing with color issues in the vineyard.

Early Bird Sessions
The early bird hands-on lab sessions will be led by Dr. Barry Gump and Ken Fugelsang. They will be examining Color, including basic measurement techniques and small winery Wine Analysis Best Practices. Bring your own wines for analysis. Due to the hands-on nature of the early bird sessions space is very limited… IMPORTANT: Only 2 slots left for Early Bird Sessions! Register now at:

Other Boot Camp Topics to Include…

  • Effecting color in the vineyard
  • Gaging harvest maturity… sensory, sampling, measurement techniques
  • Understanding color
  • SO2 effects on color
  • Enhancing color
  • Understanding structure
  • Structure components (building blocks)
  • Enhancing structure
  • Sanitation… best practices

Optional hands-on lab/demos… small wine lab (Mitch Lab) techniques, traditional lab measurement techniques, and microbial analysis techniques
Register now at:

–Time to Register NOW– More details below….

2nd Annual Wine Quality Boot Camp -June 4-7 2011, Grayson County College, T. V. Munson Viticulture & Enology Center, Denison, TX

Session One, June 4 & 5… Early Bird hands-on labs SPACE VERY LIMITED… register today! (cost $150)

June 5… Sunday evening BYOW winemaker reception

Session Two, June 6 & 7… Boot Camp seminar sessions (cost $195)

2011 Camp Commander: Dr. Bobby Smith, Owner/Winemaker, La Buena Vida Vineyard, Springtown

Drill Sergeants
–Ken Fugelsang, Wine Master, Fresno State Winery
–Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor, Cornell University
–Dr. Barry Gump, Professor, Miami International University
–Dr. Roy Mitchell, Winemaker, Homestead Winery
–Dr. Justin Scheiner, Professor, Grayson County College

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