As part of CCOVI’s outreach to the grape and wine industry Belinda Kemp, senior scientist in oenology, has initiated a sparkling wine networking opportunity for Ontario’s sparkling wine producers.
Fizz Club is limited to sparkling winemakers only as well as wineries that are either underway or considering a sparkling wine program. They are a unique opportunity for sparkling winemakers to openly discuss the regions sparkling wine production, issues and latest research. Endorsed by the VQA, “Fizz Club” is not just about faults (although there will be some discussion around this) but will be about tasting, sharing and exchanging straight-forward advice on all stages of production. Belinda has presented some of the latest advances in technology and ingredients available for production of sparkling wine, tirage and dosage issues, etc. as well as led sparkling tastings and group discussions.
Eugene Mlynczyk's presentation can be viewed here.
Further sessions and symposiums are being developed. Some will be for sparkling wine producers only but other sessions may include all producers as well as wine educators and writers.
Check back regularly for more information and details:
Fizz Club – Sparkling wine production, research and technology. Included a tasting of base wines and the latest sparkling wine releases on Dec. 4, 2013.
- Ontario Sparkling Wine Symposium - International experts presented on current topics in sparkling wine research, while structured blind tastings provided an opportunity for discussion May 6, 2014.
- Fizz Club – Building on the momentum of our sold-out Fizz Club session and symposium our next meeting will include speaker presentations and Belinda Kemp will also lead the group through two tastings including a research trial as well as a tasting of latest sparkling base wines. Date: Dec. 3, 2014
- In June 2015, Fizz Club focused on the viticultural effects on sparkling wine quality. The slides for Fiona Kerslake's keynote talk can be found here.
- Fizz Club – The third season of Fizz Club will focus on tasting research trial sparkling wines. In addition there will be a forum with an emphasis on problems and applied solutions. Date: Dec. 11, 2015