Postmodern Winemaking Symposium Aims to Illuminate Groundbreaking Theories

Postmodern Winemaking Symposium

Throughout the years, I have followed and admired Clark Smith’s work. He is indeed an industry influencer that takes innovation to the next level of awesomeness in the wine biz. From Postmodern Winemaking to Wine Chemistry,  Hi-Tech Winemaking to enhancing the flavors of Cabernet through music (think Jimi Hendrix!) Clark continuously moves the needle to reinvent how science serves our aesthetic work through postmodern views of winemaking.

Recently, Clark related that he had a gig taking place next weekend in Santa Rosa, California: The Postmodern Winemaking Symposium. Many industry experts will be leading it, including: Rick Jones (Director of Winemaking – Wine Innovation), Gideon Beinstock (Winemaker & Owner of Clos Saron), Clark Smith (Author of Postmodern Winemaking, book of the year – Wine & Spirits Magazine & Vinovation Co-Owner & Co-Founder), Kay Bogart (UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology, liaison to the Industry and Program Developer for Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology) and Joel Peterson (Ravenswood Winery Winemaker/Founder and “The Godfather of Zin”.)

This event will be loaded with wine geekery from vineyard enology, fermentation, indigenous yeasts, microbial balance (think integrated brett management), minerality, biodynamics, sulfite-free winemaking…the list goes on and on…it is definitely a wine geeks unite sort of event!

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Although much of the context is best suited for practicing winemakers, harvest interns, students and viticulturalists, I strongly encourage journalists, bloggers and enophiles to partake, because it is a great opportunity to mingle with leading wine experts and to grasp the fundamental principles of winemaking at a(n in-depth) level that you will not find anywhere else.

Join me! This is an event not to miss. I would love to learn many groundbreaking theories among my enophile friends….;) There is an online option for those that can’t make it to Santa Rosa as well.

When: November 9-10, 2013
Where: Santa Rosa and Interactive, Online!!!
Who should attend: Winemakers, Viticulturalists, Students, Industry Pros (journalists/bloggers/sommeliers)
Registration:  Register for the Postmodern Winemaking Symposium here


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Len November 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM - Reply

    The itinerary is pretty damn interesting, so I might just try the online format.

  2. Darrik November 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM - Reply

    I don’t know anything about winemaking but I always wanted to learn. I would really appreciate a ticket to the online event!

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