SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Learn how to use Berry Sensory Analysis (BSA) right in the vineyard to determine when berries are at the best maturity for making wine. An upcoming workshop through Rend Lake College, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, and the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance, will show how.
The Berry Sensory Analysis Seminar will be held Friday afternoon, Sept. 3, at the University of Illinois Extension in Springfield, and is $125 for IGGVA members and VESTA students, and $145 for non-members. The presenter, Dr. Gianni Trioli, works with Vinidea, an international group from Italy specializing in bringing advancements in viticulture and enology to those working in the field. Trioli is founder and president of Vinidea.
The four-hour seminar will cover several aspects of BSA as developed by the ICV (Institut Coopératif du Vin) in Montpellier. The goal is to provide grape growers and winemakers with a common language to characterize grape maturity in great detail.
Sections will include defining the principles and goals of BSA, vineyard sampling rules, creating an Analytical Score Sheet for training and experimental purposes, a how-to on evaluating 20 descriptors on whole berries, skin and seeds, and using a Field Score Sheet and its four synthetic descriptors. Each section is coupled with extensive tasting of berry samples. Participants will come away with a common language for detailed and consistent characterization of grape maturity. The seminar is held in a meeting room, but elements for correct field evaluation will be provided along with a publication of the BSA methods.
The BSA method has become the most widely recognized, useful and practical method currently available worldwide, according to IGGVA officials. Moreover, it can be easily adapted to regional-specific needs. More than 5,000 people in France, Italy, the U.S., South America, Australia, Spain, Portugal and South Africa have been trained in this method, the IGGVA states.
Space for this event is limited and pre-registration is required. Call or e-mail as soon as possible to pre-register. Payment will be taken by cash or check at the door.