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Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Traverse City, MI

Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Traverse City, MI

Presenter - Cristin Hosmer

Cristin has provided consulting services to many Northern Michigan producers for everything from Tasting Room Training to Start-Up and Operations. Her husband Brian is the winemaker at Chateau Chantal and Hawthorne Vineyards, and together they own a farm on Old Mission where they grow a diverse variety of grapes and flowers.  Additionally, Cristin is the Managing Partner of a start-up winery called the 1855 Project, in its infancy. 

Cristin received a top notch education, on the job, from Charlie Edson, PhD, at Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery, where she served as the Operations Manager and Assistant Winemaker for 7 years and was in charge of day to day operations of the Tasting Room, Cellar and Custom Crush clients.  Cristin had the opportunity to work with over 100 grape varietals under Charlie’s tutelage and has served on many boards and committees furthering the Michigan Wine Industry.

This workshop will benefit winemakers, cellar workers, winery staff, and wine enthusiasts who seek a deeper understanding of these topics and their impact on a winery’s success. In addition, workshop attendees will be guided through sensory test methods to access perceived differences and preferences in wine.

Topics include: Welcome and Introduction to Tasting, White Sensory Standards, Red Sensory Standards, and Evaluating Palate Attributes: Alcohol, Acid, and Tannin Wine Defects, Descriptive Wine Analysis of White Wines, Descriptive Analysis of Red Wines, Laboratory Investigating, Wine Competition Methodology and Professional Wine Rating Systems. A certificate will be awarded after the completion of this workshop.

Day One – White Wines

8:00 – 8:30: Introduction to White Wine Varieties
8:30 – 9:00: Understanding Color
9:00 – 10:00: Evaluate White Wine Aromas
10:00 – 10:15: Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15: Evaluate Fermentation/ Aging
11:15 – 12:00: Evaluate Wine Components - Acid/tannin/sugar/alcohol
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Understanding Flaws
2:30 - 2:45: Afternoon Break
2:45 – 5:00: Wine Evaluation – Descriptive Analysis

Day Two – Red Wines

8:00 – 8:30: Introduction to Red Wine Varieties
8:30 – 9:00: Understanding Color
9:00 – 10:00: Evaluate Red Wine Aromas
10:00 – 10:15: Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15: Evaluate Fermentation/ Aging
11:15 – 12:00: – Evaluate Wine Components - Acid/tannin/sugar/alcohol
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:15: – Understanding Flaws
2:30 - 2:45: Afternoon Break
2:45 – 5:00: Wine Evaluation – Descriptive Analysis

Cost

Day 1 White Wines - $200 per person

Day 2 Red Wines - $200 per person

Both Days - $350 per person

(No charge to VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 266 - Sensory Evaluation of Wines)

Location

Mari Vineyards

8175 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686

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Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been arranged for workshop participants in need of overnight lodging at West Bay Beach Resort, a Holiday Inn Resort located on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. This modern resort is a 9-minute drive from Cherry Capital Airport and a 3 block walk to downtown Traverse City. Rate is $119.95/night plus taxes

West Bay Beach Resort (http://westbaybeachresorttraversecity.com/)

Address: 615 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Phone: (231) 947-3700

(Note: numerous other hotels are located in Traverse City, but an area-wide bike race (http://www.iceman.com/) will limit room availability and room rates may be high)

Airport: Cherry Capital Airport is a public-use airport located two nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Traverse City, in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States.

Ground Transportation: Free airport pickup on Friday, November 4 and drop-off on Sunday, November 6 can be arranged by contacting Tom Smith, VESTA Michigan Coordinator, at smitht48@msu.edu or 517-202-3019. Transportation from the host hotel to the workshop will also be available Saturday, November 5, morning and evening, and Sunday at the conclusion of the workshop. Again, contact Tom to arrange.

***Additional Opportunities for Winemaker Growth and Development:

Friday (Nov. 4th): Guided Tour of Old Mission Peninsula.  Visit wineries, farms and VESTA practicum sites, including Chateau Chantal and Mari Vineyards Nelleserra hoop houses. 

Saturday (Nov. 5th): Family Style dinner at Stella's Traverse City's James Beard Award Winning Farm to Table Restaurant, carefully curated by local Sommelier Amanda Danielson. About $40/pp

Monday (Nov. 7th): Guided Tour of Leelanau Peninsula.  Visit wineries, farms and practicum sites, including Bel Lago and Black Star Farms.

Transportation will be provided, however any tasting fees and food will be at the students expense.

Contact name: Michelle Norgren
Phone: 417-837-2514
E-mail: michellenorgren@missouristate.edu
Admission price: $200 per day or $350 for both days (no charge for VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 266).

Location: 615 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686