Resiliency 2020: Learnings From the Dual Influences of COVID & Fire
Winemaking Breakout Session

Winemaking in 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult vintages in recent memory. Between the arrival of COVID and the fires/smoke incidents that much of the West Coast of America experienced, vintners were required to devise contingency plans for which there had never been a precedent.

This session will discuss the many facets involved protections around COVID alongside the urgency and danger of the forest fires, not only during harvest but also in daily wine operations, from the laboratory to the cellar. We’ll also delve into the silver linings: new efficiencies, technologies and communication capabilities that surprised us, and how vintners continued to foster the ever-important human element of winemaking.

Gilian Handelman, Jackson Family Wines, California

Chris Carpenter, Cardinale Winery, California
Tyler Thomas, Dierberg Vineyard, California
Nate Weis, Silver Oak Cellars, California

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