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Grapes of Iberia

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"IBERIAN VARIETIES IN EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD"
Darrell Corti is an internationally recognized authority on wine and has been at the forefront of the development and growth of the California wine industry since joining his family’s grocery business in Sacramento in 1964. Wines from around the world have been featured at his Corti Brothers Markets for the past 50 years. Corti’s knowledge and expertise in the areas of grapes and wine were recognized by his induction into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame in Napa in 2008. He speaks about the history of Iberian varieties in both Europe and the new world and the potential of some of those unique varieties in California.


"AVAILABILITY OF IBERIAN CLONES IN THE UNITED STATES"
Dr. Deborah Golino, Director, Foundation Plant Services, University of California, Davis talks about the availability of Iberian clones in the United States and the diverse variety of Spanish and Portuguese clones currently in the pipeline at FPS.


"IMPORTANT PORTUGUESE GRAPE VARIETIES"
Jorge Boehm, author, viticulturalist and owner of Viveiros Plansel, S.A., was named the 2009 Viticulturalist of the Year in Portugal. He describes Portuguese varieties in the context of the Iberian gene pool.


"MAIN SPANISH VARIETIES AND SELECTION PROCESS IN CASTILLA Y LEÓN"
Jesús Yuste, Researcher and Chair of the Viticulture Department at the Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León (ITACyL), in Valladolid, Spain, lectures on important and interesting Spanish grape varieties and explains the classification system used in Castilla y León. His talk features the elite varieties in Spain, varieties with special importance in the Castilla y León region, and other interesting Spanish varieties.


"EXPERIENCES IN GROWING IBERIAN VARIETIES IN MENDOCINO AND LAKE COUNTIES"
Glenn McGourty, University of California Cooperative Extension winegrowing and plant science advisor in Mendocino and Lake Counties, shares his experiences in growing Iberian varieties in those counties.


"AROMA AND FLAVOR PROFILES FOR SPANISH VARIETIES IN DIFFERENT CALIFORNIA TERROIRS"
Markus Bokisch, wine maker and owner of Bokisch Vineyards in Victor, California. Born in Iberia, he emigrated to America when young and has traveled to Spain investigating available clonal material. Bokisch is a board member of the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS). He speaks about select Spanish and Portuguese grapes in California and the differences in aroma and flavor profiles resulting from the same variety grown in two different terroirs.


"GROWING TEMPRANILLO AND ALBARIÑO IN OREGON"
Dr. Earl Jones is the owner of Abacela Vineyards & Winery in Roseburg, Oregon, and also a board member and former President of TAPAS. Jones became interested in Tempranillo wine in the 1980’s and began a search for the most appropriate location to grow the variety in the West. He settled on southern Oregon, whose climate matches that of the Tempranillo regions of Spain, and planted the first commercial Tempranillo vineyard in the Pacific Northwest in 1995, later adding Albariño and various Portuguese varieties. He shares his insights about Tempranillo and Albariño.