i4c School of Cool - July 17, 2015

Special guest Matt Kramer (author, Wine Spectator contributor) will open the 2015 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration with his keynote address at the 2015 School of Cool. Master Sommelier John Szabo returns to moderate three provocative sessions that will bring international perspectives to viticulture and winemaking in cool climate regions. A selection of library wines collected over the past four i4C events will be available to taste during lunch and the coffee breaks.

Due to demand The School of Cool, presented by Wine Country Ontario and the Grape Growers of Ontario, has moved to White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in 2015.  Panel partners include the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University,VineTech, Kerry Canada and Riedel.

Tickets are on sale now - CLICK HERE to reserve your seat. This event sold out in 2014!
Tickets are $85+HST and includes all 3 sessions, lunch, library tastings, trade-only tasting (3pm- 5pm) and special Riedel comparative tasting. 

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* a limited number of student tickets are available with presentation of a valid student ID for a discounted rate of $50 + HST. Contact i4c@coolchardonnay.org for details.

SESSION 1:  The taste/aroma of cool?
Does “cool climate” chardonnay have a set of flavour/aroma markers that are distinct from other wines, regardless of geography? Taste chardonnays from different cool climate regions of the world and explore the sensory elements of each wine, then discuss whether or not the globalization of winemaking is creating a flavour profile that transcends borders. 
Panellists: Gary Pickering (CCOVI at Brock University),Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines, Evening Land Vineyard USA), Anthony Hamilton Russell  (Hamilton Russell Vineyards, South Africa), Virginia Willcock(Vasse Felix , Australia) Marlize Beyers (Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery) Derek Barnett (Lailey Vineyard).

SESSION 2:  Does Minerality Exist?
Does minerality exist? Is it perception or reality? Look at the latest research/ recently gained experience on viticultural techniques that best express a vineyard site, specifically how soil chemistry and physics influences wine flavour, using a relatively neutral canvas like chardonnay as the yardstick - yes we can talk minerality! It is the site/soil that you taste, not the stone?
 Panellists: Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator, USA), Alex Maltman ( Geologist, author of ‘Wine, beer and whisky: the role of geology’, UK), Albrecht Seeger(Grape Growers of Ontario), Dave Keatley(Flowers, California),  Jeremy Dineen(Josef Chromy, Tasmania), Paul Pender (Tawse Winery), J-L Groux(Stratus)

SESSION 3:  All that sparkles…
Taste eight Blanc de Blancs from five regions around the globe and discuss with a distinguished panel of producers and experts in the field. Explore the role of oak and oxidative vs. reductive winemaking for sparkling chardonnay. Discuss the factors that determine the time on lees, both in the cellar and in the marketplace.
Panellists: Clovis Taittinger(Champagne Taittinger, France), Bernard Sparr(Pierre Sparr, Alcase France), Belinda Kemp (CCOVI at Brock University), Xavier Rousset(Master Sommelier, UK) . Additional panellists to be added

PARKING is available at Niagara College, NOTL campus. A shuttle will be provided from 7:30am to 9:30am and from 2;30pm - 5:30pm. Please note that there is no on-site parking available at White Oaks Conference Resort.
8:00am - Registration opens, White Oaks Conference Resort
9:00am - Welcome, Keynote Address (Matt Kramer)
9:30am - 12:30pm - Session 1 and Session 2 
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Session 3, Q&A
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Trade-only tasting of all wines of the i4C. Tasting included in ticket price.

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