Experts in winemaking and microbiology will visit Central California March 29-30 for the second International Wine Microbiology Symposium hosted by California State University, Fresno’s viticulture and enology program at the Tenaya Lodge Yosemite resort.

An early registration fee of $600 is available through Monday, March 21. On-site registration fee is $700 per person.

Technical presentations, panel discussions, an educational wine tasting and a Fresno State wine reception are among the activities at the event at the resort in Fish Camp, near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. An optional networking dinner with also is available

Drs. Roy Thornton and Susan Rodriguez, Fresno State wine microbiologists, and university winemaster Ken Fugelsang organized the symposium.

Presenters include  Dr. Sakkie Pretorius of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Dr. Henti Swiegers of Chr-Hansen in Denmark, Dr. Charles Edwards of Washington State University and Dr. Linda Bisson from the University of California at Davis. Other notable enologists scheduled to participate are from Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, South Africa and Chile.

The more than100 participants are winery principals, winemakers and enologists, educators and students- from California and around the world. The symposium is sponsored by Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology and its Viticulture and Enology Research Center.

The success of the first wine microbiology symposium in 2006 fueled this year’s event, which is presented as part of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology observance of the university’s centennial this year, Thornton said.

Topics will range from traditional issues to emerging technology, with a balance of research-based and practical information.

“The program will represent yeast and bacteria producers, service industries, researchers, and winemakers, and will be directed toward winemakers and those involved in the wine and grape industry,” Thornton added.

“Programs like this play a crucial role in the continuing education of the grape and wine industry,” said Jim Kennedy, chair and director of the Department of Viticulture and Enology and Viticulture and Enology Research Center, respectively.

Previous Fresno State educational events for the wine industry include the Barrel Symposium on campus in 2002, the Wine and Juice Production Workshop in Virginia in 1997, and the Winn Spoilage Microbiology Conference on campus in 1996.

For online registration, program details, and presenter abstracts: or Cynthia Wood at 559.278.2089.

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