The 2017 Oregon Wine Symposium will continue the experimental wine program with several organizational improvements. The committee is seeking experimental wines from around the state that demonstrate how real-life trials conducted in the vineyard and/or winery can potentially impact a wine.
As the 2016 growing season begins to ramp up, please start thinking about potential concepts that have been a curiosity in the past. The Symposium planning committee encourages setting up trials with a limit of two comparisons aimed at answering a specific questions. Experiments can cover either vineyard or winery issues. Be sure to make the trials large enough so grapes from each treatment can be fermented and bottled separately. The committee will need at least a case of wine from each comparison.
Following the 2016 harvest, the committee will issue a call for anyone interested in participating in the technical tasting to complete a trial submission form. All vintages and varieties will be considered, although not all experiments will be chosen due to limited space. Trials will be selected based on a broad range of subjects, varieties and geographic region.