**The rescheduled workshop date is May 15-16. This event was rescheduled from April 11-12 due to the blizzard. **

Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) and South Dakota State University are hosting a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop in cooperation with the SD Specialty Producers Association and University of Minnesota, May 15-16 at Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD.

Wed., May 15, from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. will feature white wines, and Thurs., May 16, from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. will feature red wines.

This workshop will benefit winemakers, cellar workers, winery staff, and wine enthusiasts who seek a deeper understanding of these topics and their impact on a winery’s success. Workshop attendees will be guided through sensory test methods to access perceived differences and preferences in wine.

Topics include:

  • Welcome and Introduction to Tasting
  • White Sensory Standards
  • Red Sensory Standards
  • Descriptive Wine Analysis of White 
  • Descriptive Analysis of Red Wines
  • Evaluating Palate Attributes: Alcohol, 
Acid, and Tannin Wine Defects
  • Wine Competition Methodology and 
Professional Wine Rating Systems

Day 1 White Wines costs $150/person and Day 2 Red Wines costs $150/person ($175/person each day after April 1, 2019) or register for both days for $275/person ($300 per person after April 1, 2019). There is also an additional discount of $25/day for multiple participants signed up from the same winery or vineyard. (No charge to VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 266 – Sensory Evaluation of Wines)

The class is limited to 40 people.

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