Local Opportunities

Lodi Calendar - June 2015Check this page for local educational opportunities hosted by the Lodi Winegrape Commission, universities, ag associations, and more. *ALWAYS* confirm event details with hosts.

To get your event posted, email the details in the format below to Dr. Stephanie Bolton, stephanie@lodiwine.com, with the subject line “new lodigrowers.com event.”  Join the email list using the link to the right to stay informed!

 Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

WIVI 2018.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Venue: Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Description: WiVi Central Coast, is the premier wine and viticulture symposium and trade show in Central California. Now the largest wine industry event south of San Francisco, WiVi boasts 45,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space with nearly 200 exhibits and hundreds of new products, product demonstrations, educational seminars and networking opportunities for winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers.  This one-day conference and tradeshow features sessions by top industry leaders on regional viticulture, enology and DTC topics and gives attendees the opportunity to understand and experience new trends and technology.
For information on the expo, click here.


Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: UC Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis CA 95616

Cost: $200, includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all handouts

Credits:  PCA CEUs applied for

Description:  It will be a day of discussion featuring presentations from UC Davis researchers and farm advisers. Some of the highlights of the program include:

  • Red Blotch Disease: impact on field-grown vines, vector control, as well as alternate hosts and the impact of the disease on winegrape quality
  • Grapevine leafroll disease update
  • Current efforts in phylloxera and nematode management and resistant-breeding programs
  • Advances in control and management of vine trunk diseases
  • Management of powdery mildew: cultural, chemical and selective breeding efforts
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Managing vine mealybugs in vineyards
  • Impact of weeds and their management to aid in disease control efforts

NOTE: These classes are targeted specifically to wine and winegrape industry professionals and, as such, are technical in nature.

RSVP: Contact Kay Bogart from the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis phone 530.754.9876 or email klbogart@ucdavis.edu. To register by Credit Card, please click HERE.

Lodi Chamber Agribusiness Committee/AgSafe: LODI FARM SAFETY DAY **NEW & IMPROVED**.

Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Time: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Venue: Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi CA 95240

Cost: $30 per ticket

Credits: 4.5 DPR CE: 3 hours DPR (Laws & Regs) and 1.5 hours (Other)

Description: Pesticide Handler Safety Training.  You may also view the flyer HERE.

RSVP: Contact Karen Cannon from the Lodi Chamber of Commerce by phone 209.367.7840 Ext. 105 or email kcannon@lodichamber.com.  RSVP form available HERE.


Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 (always on the first Tuesday morning of each month)

Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Venue: Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi CA 95240

Cost: FREE, breakfast provided with an RSVP

Credits: 1.5 (DPR – CE OTHER) applied for

Special Topic: Powdery Mildew – Walt Mahafee’s free tough dot PM resistance tests will be passed out and we hope to have him here too!

Discussion Leader: Scott Armolea, REC Committee Member and Wilbur-Ellis PCA

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISERS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description: Our group meets monthly (the first Tuesday morning) to discuss current vineyard pests and their management, including pertinent monitoring information and IPM strategies. Strategies for dealing with vineyard management challenges are discussed. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating best pest management strategies and for support with solving viticultural anomalies.

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email lwwc@lodiwine.com.


Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)

Venue: Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E Earhart Ave, Stockton, CA 95206 (we know this is a bit of a drive for some of you, BUT the audio equipment is top notch so you are going to be able to HEAR the speakers well!!!)

Cost: FREE, hot lunch provided with an RSVP

Credits: 3.0 (DPR – CE OTHER) and 3.0 (CCA – IPM) applied for

Who Should Attend:  THE VIRUS CHALLENGE IS EVERYONE’S PROBLEM AND NO ONE’S FAULT, AND WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR A SOLUTION.  Growers, Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISERS, winemakers, grower relations personnel, extension personnel, virus testing laboratory personnel, nursery personnel, pheromone mating disruption companies, insectaries, regional winegrowing association leaders, and anyone interested in learning about vine mealybug, ant, and virus management.

Description: This Mealybug & Virus Outreach Meeting is the result of months & months of intense technical meetings of the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Mealybug Biocontrol and Grapevine Virus Research Focus Groups.  These Focus Groups are comprised of volunteer growers, PCAs, scientists, extension personnel, and industry leaders who have been meeting at a diner once per month to discuss short-term and long-term strategies to solve the mealybug and virus challenges in Lodi.  Luckily, we’ve learned some practical management tips along the way and are ready to share those tips with our community!  Topics to be discussed with short presentations and panelists are: local costs of mealybug and virus management (spoiler alert…it costs MORE $$$ to ignore mealybugs and viruses than to manage them), mealybugs, ants, leafroll virus, red blotch virus, nursery ordering, and virus testing.  We’ll be passing out FREE red delta male mealybug traps (thanks to the American Vineayard Foundation) and a NURSERY ORDERING 101: VIRUSES booklet which we want you to help us review.  There will be follow-up meetings where you can bring the mealybug traps back and get help learning how to identify male mealybugs.

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email lwwc@lodiwine.com.


Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Venue: The Capitol – The Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Host: California Association of Winegrape Growers

Cost: FREE

Description: On April 4th, CAWG will have their Day In The Capitol.  This is an annual event where California winegrape growers come to Sacramento to meet with elected officials to help inform them about our industry and the challenges growers face. You may find a draft agenda HERE. Growers will hear presentations from Antonio Villaraigosa (Former Speaker of the Assembly, and Candidate for Governor), Brian Dahle (Republican Leader of the State Assembly), Fiona Ma (Member, Board of Equalization), and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins.  Afterwards, they will make visits to the capitol and meet with Senators and Assembly members. There is a gala in the evening where growers can meet with lawmakers in a more social setting.

RSVP: Contact Michael Miller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers by phone 916.379.8995 or email michael@cawg.org.


Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 3:45 pm

Venue: UC Davis Conference Center – 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA, 95616

Cost: $200.00

Who Should Attend: These classes are targeted specifically to wine and winegrape industry professionals and, as such, are technical in nature.

Description: We are continuing the 2017-18 series of the hugely-popular WineFlavor 101 seminars, targeted specifically to wine industry professionals, with a day of discussion and sensory evaluation of the effects of several vineyard-related factors on resultant wine characters.  This is one of our most frequently-requested topics. Our keynote speaker for this program is Dr James Kennedy, a well-known authority on the effect of vineyard management practices on resultant wine composition, with an emphasis on the critically important compounds, phenolics.  You really don’t want to miss his lecture; he has a way of making this complex topic very practical.  We really appreciate his participation. Remember, these WineFlavor 101 classes are unique, and especially valuable, because of the personal nature of the information that is presented; our speakers/panelists introduce a topic and discuss how the impact characters are expressed in the wine, then the attendees are able to personally evaluate wines, in special tastings, that exhibit the characters discussed in the lecture. We encourage audience participation, so bring your ideas and questions for discussion. Register early as vineyard- impact programs are always very popular and often sell out before the event date. The tentative agenda, which could change slightly between now and April 20, is below:

WineFlavor 101B: From Vineyard Practices to Wine Composition
April 20, 2018 at the UC Davis Conference Center
8:30 am – Registration and Coffee with Pastries
9:00 – Moderator Welcome: Kaan Kurtural, Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
9:15 – KEYNOTE:  The Impact of Vineyard Practices on Grape and Wine Composition:  James Kennedy, President, Polyphenolics & Canandaigua Concentrate, Divisions of Constellation Brands Inc
10:15 – Grapevine Red Blotch: Spread and Management:  Mysore Sudarshana, USDA ARS, Plant Pathology, UC Davis
10:45 – BREAK
11:00 – The Effects of Grapevine Red Blotch on Grape and Wine Composition: Raul Girardello, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
11:30 – TASTING: Comparative GRBV Positive and Negative Wines:  Chik Brenneman, Winemaker and Facility Manager, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
12:00 pm – LUNCH
12:45 – TASTING: The Impact of Yield on Wine Characteristics in Sauvignon blanc:  Chik Brenneman
1:15 – Inevitability of Mechanization in Hot Climates and Associated Wine Chemistry:  Kaan Kurtural
1:45 – Characterization of Pinor noir Wines from Different Terroirs:  Ron Ronnebaum, Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
2:15 – BREAK
2:30 – Is Vine Water Status a Good Proxy of Berry and Wine Chemistry: Luca Brillante, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis, and Kaan Kurtural
3:00 – BREAK
3:15 – TASTING: Climate Warming – Are All Cultural Practices Still Appropriate: Johann Martinez, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis  and Kaan Kurtural
3:45 – Adjourn

RSVP: To register by credit card, please click here. To pay by check, please contact Kay Bogart from UC Davis, Department of Viticulture & Enology by phone 530.754.9876 or email klbogart@ucdavis.edu.

UC IPM Online Trainings.

The UC Statewide IPM Program provides online courses that reflect current advances in pest management and related topics. Selected courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for Continuing Education units. Some are also approved for structural units from the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB).

Check out the UC Integrated Pest Management website for online trainings – some are free and some charge a fee: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/training/index.html.

Organizations Hosting Training Seminars and Educational Events (many of these qualify for Lodi Rules Standards 1.6 & 2.8).

Ag Safe Conference

American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) annual meeting

American Vineyard Grape Expo

Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) annual conference

California Plant and Soil Conference (California Chapter of the ASA)

California State University-Fresno Biennial Grape Day

California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) Meetings and Workshops

Clarksburg Grape Day

Dollars and Sense Tradeshow and Seminar

Foothill Grape Day

Lodi Farm Safety Day

Lodi Grape Day (every February)

Lodi District Grape Growers Association Seminars and Workshops

Lodi Winegrape Commission (LWC) Seminars and Workshops

Napa Valley Viticulture Fair

Rootstock: Napa Valley Grapegrowers

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Seminars and Workshops

San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium

San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association Annual Meeting and Industry Forum

Sonoma Grape Day

Sustainable Ag Expo (San Luis Obispo every fall)

University of California-Davis extension courses and seminars (RAVE, etc.)

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium (every January in Sacramento)

Vineyard Economics Seminar

Wine Industry Financial Symposium


World Ag Expo (every February)

Event Calendar

    March 27

    March 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am