New Wine Industry Symposium Focused on Long-Term Winegrowing Strategies in Face of Climate Change

New wine industry symposium titled Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption(TM) will be held on June 7th, 2018 at Ramekins Culinary School & Events Center in Sonoma, California. The event is sponsored by Enologix and affiliated partners.

Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption is the only executive conference aimed at finding solutions to the impact of climate change on luxury winegrowing. This one-day event will bring 120 people together to hear current leaders in climatology, phenology, earth science, economics and winegrowing to predict future spatial distribution of temperatures, phenology fit of cabernet vines to future Napa Valley climate and bottled wine quality. The keynote speaker will be announced in late February.

“Napa Valley 5-year rolling average growing season temperature is 18.9 °C (66 °F), which is a Region IV on the Winkler Scale,” says Leo McCloskey, President of Enologix, Inc. in Sonoma, Ca. “Trailing 100-year average temperature is increasing by 1.1 to 1.8 °C (1.9 to 3.2 °F) between Mendocino and Santa Barbara.”

Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption is a forum for winery owners, industry executives and other stakeholders in leadership positions that have a vested interest in the viability of luxury winegrowing in California.

What if Napa Valley is too hot for Merlot, what’s next? What is Burgundy without pinot noir? What if Oregon supplants California as the American homeland of luxury chardonnay? “Given that vineyard capitalization costs are well over $60,000 per acre in Napa Valley, the financial implications are huge if the future varietal makeup is going to be different from what we have today,” says Doug McKesson, Program Chair for Bordeaux in America.

Attendees are encouraged to register early, as space is limited and expected to sell out quickly. Registration will open April 1, 2018. For more information visit

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