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Discovering Sip: A Dynamic Excursion in Edna Valley

November 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

To fully understand the practices, passion, and people behind the SIP Certified program, we would like to personally invite you to spend the day with us in Edna Valley following the Sustainable Ag Expo. Our journey will consist of transporting you to two SIP Certified locations, Wolff Vineyards & Winery and Center of Effort Wines. Each setting is unique in that one embodies a small hand-crafted artisan methodology while the next encompasses a broader approach; including proprietary wines and a custom crush facility. Speakers will highlight SIP practices such as falconry, irrigation, pest management, equipment, and social responsibility. A picnic lunch will be provided, and the session will conclude with networking and a special tasting of SIP certified wines.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:00pm | $195/person

8:30      Board Bus at Madonna Inn

9:00      Wolff Vineyards (Arrive)

  • Introduction to the Wolff Vineyards & Edna Valley
  • Cutting Edge Irrigation Research: Eliminating Surface Evaporation Vertical Irrigation Tubes | Challenges & Opportunities
  • Integrated Technology:  Gadgets are Great, But They Don’t Solve Everything
  • Community Approaches to Pest and Resource Challenges (Pests, Disease, Water, Labor)
  • Falconry Demonstration
  • Jean Pierre Wolff, Owner/Vintner, Wolff Vineyards
  • Mark Battany, Viticulture & Soils Advisor Advisor, UCCE
  • Brad Felger, Falconer, Airstrike Bird Control

11:30    Boxed Lunch, Wine Tasting & Shopping

12:30    Depart for Center of Effort

12:45    Center of Effort Wines (Arrive)

  • Dynamic Floor Management Response to Changing Weed Populations
  • Protecting Water Quality: Practice & Policy
  • Sustainable Wine Production & Alternative Winey Business Models
  • Nathan Carlson, General Manager & Winemaker, Center of Effort Wines
  • Kevin Wilkinson, Viticulturist

2:00      Reception and Wine Tasting

3:30      Return to Madonna Inn



November 14, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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