Crop Load Research Technical Wine Tasting

Chemeketa Eola Campus (Wine Studies Center)

215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem , OR 97304
United States

Building 1
Dec 5, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Annie Chozinski
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Does low yield ensure quality? This event will feature Pinot noir wines from the Statewide Crop Load Project, a research project led by OSU in collaboration with more than twenty companies in the Willamette Valley since 2012. This event will feature 69 Pinot noir wines produced by 12 commercial winery partners from the cluster thinning trials conducted in their vineyards from 2014 to 2017. Plan to attend the event to learn more about the Pinot noir yield-quality relationship!

Audience:  Commercial wine industry members, must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Registration:  Required in advance. No walk-in registrations. Register online by 5:00 PM on Nov 26, 2019. Space is limited.


  • 10:00 – 10:20: Research Introduction - Dr. Patty Skinkis, Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist, OSU, Dr. James Osborne, Associate Professor and Extension Enologist, OSU, and Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, Associate Professor, OSU
  • 10:20 – 11:20: Vertical wine tasting – 2015 to 2017 vintages - This tasting will feature nine wines (three wines produced over three vintages) by one winery during the crop load trial. You will provide input on the wines and discuss observations with other tasters and the collaborating winemaker.
  • 11:20 – 11:30: Break
  • 11:30 – 12:00Horizontal wine tasting – 2014 to 2016 vintages - This tasting will feature wines by multiple producers for each vintage. You will be able to taste through all wines produced by each winery from crop thinning trials at their vineyards within each season/vintage.
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Horizontal tasting group discussion activity - The group will discuss tasting notes, and the identity of all wines revealed and further discussed.
  • 12:30 - 1:00Industry panel and closing group discussions

Patty Skinkis

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