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Brock University, Academic South, Walker Complex

South Academic Room 204 - Campus Map

When: June 9-10, 2011


June 9, 2011

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration Desk




Room 204

Pierre Trimbach, Domaine Trimbach, France Talk and Tasting

Participants will have the unique opportunity to meet and listen as Pierre gives a history of Domaine Trimbach, his perspective on Riesling in the Alsatian market as well as Riesling wines in an international perspective.

This session will also include a special tasting of Trimbach Riesling wines. 

11:00-11:10 Health Break



Academic South Room 203

A "Great Lakes" Panel Discussion with presentations from New York, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.


Panel Speakers:

Lee Lutes (Winemaker and General Manager, Wineries of Black Star Farms, Michigan);

Nick Ferrante (Winemaker, Ferrante Wine Farm, Inc., Geneva, Ohio);

Peter Bell (Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards, Finger Lakes, New York);

Angelo Pavan (Winemaker, Vice-President and Founding Partner, Cave Spring Cellars, Ontario).


1:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Erik PeacockA Riesling-friendly Lunch will be the creation of

Chef Erik Peacock of the

Wellington Court Restaurant.


Wines presented with discussion from each of our Great Lakes Panel speakers.


Satellite stations will present wines from Michigan, Ohio, New York and Ontario.




June 10, 2011

Our invited speakers will join registrants on a tour through vineyards located on the Bench.  Listen, Learn and Discuss Rieslings triumphs and tribulations.

Where Meet at Brock University, Academic South, Walker Complex
8:00 a.m.

Registration Desk


(Participants are expected to travel on the bus to ensure optimum flow and time management.)

Vineyard #1 - Bill Myers Vineyard

One of the best vineyards in Niagara and exclusively Riesling vines.

Vineyard #2 - Thirty Bench Vineyards

Walking tour will discuss glacial history and the basis for sensory differences in the wines of Thirty Bench.  There will be a Riesling Tasting included.

Vineyard #3 - Angels Gate - Kew Vineyard

The original vineyard that Herman Weiss purchased before buying Vineland St Urban site.  Kew Vineyard Rieslings will be tasted at the homestead of the property.

LUNCH will be at the spectacular Cave Spring Vineyard site.  A "Winemakers Riesling-friendly" luncheon will be prepared with a variety of Riesling producers presented.

Vineyard #4 - Cave Spring Vineyard

Some of the oldest vines in the regions are located at the CSV.

There will be a tasting in the vineyard.

"Terroir of the Beamsville Bench"

Vineyard #5 - Hidden Bench Vineyards

As a final stop we will be visiting Rosomel Vineyard.  "Roman's Block" Riesling fruit is sourced from a .51 ha parcel of Riesling planted in 1977 by Roman Prydatkewycz. Clone 21B on SO4 rootstock.

4:15-6:30 p.m.

For those wishing to continue with conversations, collaborations and the collegial connections made through the Riesling Experience we welcome everyone to join us for "The Closer" at the Jordan House.


For those wishing to depart the bus will bring them back to Brock University.


6:30 p.m. Last bus back to Brock University.


Registrants will have three options for registering (applicable taxes will be applied):

  • Option 1:  Day 1 and Day 2   Total cost:  $200 CAD
  • Option 2:  Day 1 only            Total cost:  $125 CAD
  • Option 3:  Day 2 only            Total cost:  $ 75 CAD

Registration Opens:  January 14, 2011


Speaker Profiles:


Pierre Trimbach

Keynote Speaker:


Pierre Trimbach, Domaine Trimbach, France
BIO:  Pierre is twelfth generation winemaking and is the son of Bernard Trimbach brother of Hubert Trimbach.  Educated in Ribeauville, Pierre followed his fathers steps and went to Beaune in Burgundy where he got his diplomas in viticulture and oenology (1973-1978). Pierre decided to travel to California just after and worked in a few wineries.  He joined the family business in August 1979 and took full responsibility of the vineyards and winemaking in 1985 (his first vintage).


Pierre Trimbach is President of the "Vendanges Tardives & Selection de Grains Nobles" wine committee since 2000.











Peter Bell

Peter Bell - representing the Finger Lakes

BIO:  Peter is a native of Toronto, Canada. He received his formal enology training at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia.  Being in the heart of a hot and arid region, Wagga Wagga is clearly not an appropriate place to grow Riesling grapes, though someone had evidently thought otherwise when the vineyards there were planted.


So, following a brief stint as assistant winemaker at a premium winery in New Zealand (which led to the realization that Sauvignon Blanc would never hold as much fascination as Riesling), Peter moved to the Finger Lakes region of New York in 1990. He was senior winemaker at Dr. Frank's Winery for five years and then joined Fox Run Vineyards where he has been gainfully employed ever since.  Fox Run was named on the of top 100 wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits magazine in 2008, the first New York winery to receive that honour.


In his spare time, Peter has consulted and lectured in China, Australia, Canada, Serbia, France, Hungary and Spain as well as in many parts of the eastern United States.

Lee Lutes



Lee Lutes - representing Michigan

BIO:  As the head winemaker for Black Star Farms Lee Lutes overseas winemaking operations for the two processing facilities on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas.  He also directs the distillation program that produces European style fruit brandies and dessert wines.  In his role as general manager Lee also overseas the tasting room operations, local and out-of-state distribution as well as production of fruit from all associated vineyards and orchards.  He is a life-time "Michigander" and a full time advocate for the proliferation of fine Michigan made products.  Lee lives in Traverse City with his wife, daughter and dog named Bear.




Nick Ferrante

Nick Ferrante - representing Ohio

Nick is a third generation winemaker, viticulturalist and general manager of the family-owned Ferrante Winery & Ristorante.  Nick specializes in cool climate viticulture, which includes growing grapes and producing wines made from Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc from his Grand River Valley Appelation vineyards. Ferrante's 2005 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling won 'Best White Wine' in the 2006 Riverside, California International Wine Competition.  Nick's Ice Wines have won numerous Double Gold and Best of Class awards.  Nick has served the Ohio Grape Industries Program (OGIP) as a committee member from 1999 to 2007. He was chairman of the OGIP Research Committee which was responsible for creating Ohio's Ohio Quality Wine Program. Nick is a professional member of the American Society of Viticulture and Enology. Currently, Nick is the chairman of the Wine Growers of the Grand River Valley.




Angelo Pavan

Angelo Pavan - representating Ontario

For over twenty years Angelo has guided winemaking at Cave Spring Cellars, crafting wines of authentic character and sophistication from the fruit of Niagara's Beamsville Bench. Combining his passion, a keen plaate, and respect for Niagara Peninsula viticulture, Angelo has helped pioneer winemaking from noble European grape varietals in Ontario.


In the early 1980's, while teaching and pursuing his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Guelph, Angelo took some wine appreciation courses, and when later his wife pointed out that there were more wine than philosophy books on his desk - "That's when I knew I had to be a winemaker."  Soon Angelo teamed with his childhood friend, Leonard Pennachetti, making wines in Leonard's cellar. Though predominantly a self-taught winemaker, Angelo augmented his knowledge with courses in chemistry and enology from the University of Guelph. In 1986, Angelo, together with Leonard and the Pennachetti family, established Cave Spring Cellars.


Respected as one of Canada's leading winemakers, and known for crafting outstanding Riesling, Angelo was honoured by the Ontario Wine Society in 1999, as Winemaker of the Year. Dedicated to upholding the quality of Ontario's maturing wine industry, Angelo served as the chair of the Standards Development Committee for Ontario's governing Vintner's Quality Alliance of Ontario (VQAO) from 1999 to 2008.








Menu & Luncheon Wines:


Menu and Selected wines to be announced.