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:


Dates:  the week of May 14th

Time:  stop by anytime to check it out – no formal talk

 Venue:  Kautz Farms – turn onto Bear Creek Road from the 99 Frontage Rd and the demo will be across the street from the house at 5883 Bear Creek Road.  Please park in the lot across the street from the house.

Cost:  FREE

Description:  As labor becomes shorter it is important to consider viticultural practices which are more efficient and less labor intensive, such as chemical suckering.  Joe Valente (Kautz Farms & REC Committee Member) set up a chemical suckering trial in a 2005 bilateral cordon Viognier/1103 P block to compare the following suckering formulations: lifeline, lifeline + venue, venue, shark, shark + lifeline, paraquat, paraquat + venue, and paraquat + shark, along with a control.  Three rows of each treatment were sprayed from mid-trunk down on Friday, April 20th, and you are invited to view the results.  Treatments are flagged and there is a handout hanging on a trellising post with the trial stats to refer to as you walk the demo.

No RSVP necessary, just stop by during normal business hours when it works with your schedule!


Date:  Friday, May 18th, 2018

Time2:00 – 4:00pm

 Venue:  Wine & Roses Ballroom, 2505 W. Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Cost:  $40 – limited tickets available

Description:  The Lodi Winegrape Commission is inviting 60 people to sit down with wine professionals to a formal blind tasting of 16 wines, tasted in four “flights” of 4 wines each. In each flight we will compare at least one Lodi grown wine with top quality wines from elsewhere in the world (specifically – France, Spain, New Zealand, and other California wine regions). The objective is not to determine what wines are the “best,” but rather, to examine, discuss, and learn about the sensory qualities that make each of these wines special.

The blind tasting proceedings will be led by 40-year wine industry professional and journalist Randy Caparoso, who will also moderate a panel of three wine industry professionals widely known for their exceptional wine tasting abilities. These panelists are Jienna Basaldu (Wine Director of Sacramento’s Echo & Rig), Chad Joseph (Lodi based consulting winemaker), and Jeff Morgan (Co-Proprietor of Covenant Winery).  Like everyone else, these panelists will taste and discuss each wine completely blind, with no idea of their identities.



Date: Friday, May 18th, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W. Turner Rd,  Lodi, CA 95242

Cost: $110.00/person

Description: Join the passionate vintners and growers of the Lodi Appellation as they extend hometown hospitality and engage guests in an evening of colorful festivities. Enjoy the region’s finest pairing of freshly prepared, local cuisine catered by Angelina’s paired with the best of Lodi’s celebrated Old Vine Zinfandel! After dinner, treat your sweet tooth to an assortment of delectable treats from the dessert bar catered by Tony Lawrence, The Global Wine Chef. Top off the perfect evening by kicking up your heels to the sounds of live music by the Ryan Hernandez Band. Dress is casual. Event is held lakeside. All attendees must be 21 years of age to attend. Parking is available just inside the main entrance to Lodi Lake. Shuttles will be available to transport you from the parking area to the dinner location. You may click here for more information.

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727.


Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Venue Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W. Turner Rd,  Lodi, CA 95242

Cost: $55.00 in advance, $65.00 at the gate; $20.00 for a designated driver ticket

Description: Sip, swirl and savor from a selection of 200 handcrafted wines from over 40 Lodi wineries. Passionate winemakers and winery representatives welcome guests, offering practical knowledge and sharing their delicious wines. Enjoy local provisions, learn some new tips at the ZinFest Wine and Cooking Schools, or relax along the beautiful Mokelumne River to an eclectic mix of live music.  There is no better way to celebrate the fantastic wines of Lodi Wine Country! Tickets include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, participation in seminars and entertainment. Must be 21 years of age to attend. For more information, please click here.

RSVP: Tickets are available for online purchase, or by phone to the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 209.365.0621. You may also buy tickets at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, located at 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi.


Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 (always on the first Tuesday morning of each month; NO MEETING IN JULY)

Time: 7:30 – 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

Discussion Leader: Larry Whitted, Independent 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.

Following our regular PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING, you are welcome to bring your male mealybug delta traps by for help with identification!  We will have a microscope set up and help available.

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


Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Time9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Venue:  US Davis Oakville Station, 1380 Oakville Grade Road, Oakville, CA 94562

Cost:  $45 (includes coffee, lunch, and all demonstrations)

Description: The Department of Viticulture & Enology is proud to present the 2018 UC Davis Grape Day and this June it will be held at the UC Davis Oakville Experimental Station. This program will be moderated by the UCD V&E’s Viticulture Extension Specialist, Dr Kaan Kurtural, who will also present some of his research and it will include both lectures and field equipment demonstrations, as outlined in the proposed agenda, below.

  1. New Trellis Systems – Kaan Kurtural, Extension Specialist in Viticulture, UC Davis
  2. Weed Control Options for Non-Producing and Production Vineyards – Jon Roncoroni, Weed Specialist, UCCE Napa County
  3. Cultivars and Clones – Diego Barrison,  Herrick Grapevine Nursery
  4. Vector Biology of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus Cindy Prieto and Frank Zalom,  UC Davis
  5. Air-Blast Sprayer Calibration: Lynn Wunderlich – Viticulture Farm Advisor, UCCE Sierra Foothills
  6. TBD: Monica Cooper, Viticulture Farm Advisor, UCCE Napa County
  7. LUNCH
  8. Demonstration: Mechanical Shoot Removal and Suckering – Steve Roland, V-Mech
  9. Demonstration: Mechanical Leaf Removal – Thomas Clemens, Clemens Vineyard Products
  10. Demonstration: Mechanical Harvesters and Options – John Felice, Pellenc USA

The material presented in this program is practical, yet technical in nature and is meant, therefore, for professionals with a background in vineyard management. Enrollment is limited, so be sure you register soon for this program of lectures and field demonstrations highlighting the latest practical developments in mechanization of vineyard management systems. You are encouraged to bring your questions and concerns to this Grape Day program, as we will allow time and opportunities for you to interact one-on-one with the speakers.

RSVP: To register by credit card please click here. For any questions, please contact Kay Bogart at 530.754.9876 or e-mail at klbogart@ucdavis.edu.


Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Venue: Sonoma State University, Salazar 2016, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94927

Cost: $360

Description: Designed for winery owners, accountant, bookkeepers, entrepreneurs and others seeking a complete understanding of the cost of producing wine, this workshop will demystify the most complex aspects of winery accounting. By helping students develop an accurate understanding of the true costs of their product this workshop will enable students to build sustainable and profitable pricing strategies for various wine business models.

RSVP: To register, please contact SEIS at 707.664.2394, or e-mail extendeded@sonoma.edu. You may also register online by clicking here.


Date: Monday, June 18th – Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Venue Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Cost: Please click here for pricing and ticket options.

Description: At the American Society of Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) 69th National Conference, a panel of experts will share the latest research findings on Brettanomyces, discuss how it influences winemaking practices and what tools are available for its control.  The day-long symposium will open the conference week and will include tastings that will explore ways on how Brettanomyces can alter a sensory wine’s characteristics beyond just “barnyard and Band-Aid” tastes.

The ASEV National Conference is a platform for technical information exchange that’s vital to the wine and grape industry, with presentations ranging from high-level scientific research to the practical application of existing science. The three-day conference provides networking opportunities, access to highly regarded speakers and information sharing for academic, vineyard and winery employees at all levels. Gaining popularity is the early career member lunch, where students and those who have been in the industry for less than seven years gain professional development insight from successful industry professionals. This year, they will hear from Viticulturist Fritz Westover, who serves as a leading resource for growers of Pierce’s disease tolerant and vinifera winegrapes in more than five states in the southeastern U.S.

In addition to the Brettanomyces Symposium, highlights for the 2018 ASEV National Conference include:

For updates and more information, please click here.

RSVP: To reserve your spot, please register by clicking here.


Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Time: TBA

Venue: Wine and Roses Conference Center, 2505 W. Turner Rd,  Lodi, CA 95242

Cost: TBA

Description: Save the date for this year’s Lodi Vineyard and Wine Economics Symposium. The economic and financial conference for growers and wineries in Lodi and surrounding regions. Please click here for updates and more information.

RSVP: To book a hotel room, call 209.334.6988 to be added to the WISG block. Tickets will be available soon. Please click here for further updates.


Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 – Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Time: Tuesday, July 11th: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, July 12th: 8:00 am – 4:25 pm

Venue: Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616

Cost: $465 if received by June 10th, 2018
$495 if received by June 26th, 2018
$525 if received after June 26th, 2018

Credits8.0 (DPR CE – OTHER) approved; 7.0 IPM, 1.0 PD (Certified Crop Adviser)

Description: The Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms 2018 course is an intensive 1.5-day course focusing on how an herbicide injury situation can arise, what types of information can help diagnose herbicide problems during field investigations, and what tools are available to you. The course provides a rare opportunity for professionals to efficiently update their understanding of herbicide symptoms and injuries and interact with experts in this field. The Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms course is designed for pest control advisers, sales representatives for chemical companies, field investigators, and insurance adjusters. Please click here for further information. The agenda can be found here**Please note that this meeting is not viticulture specific.**

RSVP: To pay by credit card, you can register online here. To pay by check, please fill out this form and mail the form and check to:
UC Weed Research & Information Center
Dept. of Plant Sciences, MS 4
One Shields Avenue
Davis, Ca 95616

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

    June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm