Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Conference
A Blend of Educational Sessions and Wine-centric Festivities
The festivities kick off on Thursday, January 29 at 1 p.m. with a special pre-conference Riedel
glass tasting. Included in your pre-conference workshop registration fee of $50 is a set of four
Riedel glasses. You will experiment with how different Illinois varietals taste in each glass.
Thursday night we will host our wildly popular and equally hilarious industry-only Wine, Pizza,
and Trivia Night. If you have attended in the past, you know you are in for a good time!
As traditionally has been done, Friday will be focused on best wine-making practices. Among
other great speakers, Clark Smith will offer a Practicum on Enological Oxygenation and
Friday evening the conference twists into festival mode with a Winter Wine Festival open to the
public. Participating wineries will offer tastings of their wines as well as wine available by the glass and bottle. Culinary offerings will be staged throughout the room to allow attendees to create their perfect food pairings.
Saturday we’ll offer concurrent educational tracts: one for wine lovers and marketing professionals and one focusing on viticulture topics. The Viticulture keynote will be given by Jim Law of Linden Vineyards exploring the Impact of Terroir on Winegrowing and Marketing.
A marketing highlight this year is the engaging Music and Wine Pairing presented by Clark Smith. Other marketing topics include using humor and mobile strategies for the winery.
As always, the grand finale will be the IGGVA Annual Banquet and Auction which features
five courses of culinary delights, each paired with the Best of Show and Governor’s Cup
winners of the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition.
Admission price: $75.00-$325.00
Lodging info: http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/springfield/spicc/hoteldetail
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Location: 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62703