Brock viticulture lecture series back for 12th year

8 January 2019


The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series is back for its 12th
year, giving people from around the world access to Brock University’s leading grape and wine

Ten speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional
affiliates are participating in this year’s series.

Topics will span a wide range, from the latest research on grapevine hardiness to climate
change in Canadian vineyards and the consumer psychology behind wine. The series will also
bring in two Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers from British Columbia to share their
latest findings.

The CCOVI Lecture Series began in 2007 and has become a highly anticipated event both
locally and for those tuning in remotely through livestreaming.

“We are pleased to once again bring the latest in grape and wine research into the hands of
grape growers and winemakers,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Sharing knowledge and
providing outreach opportunities like the lecture series is an important part of CCOVI’s
mandate and is of tremendous benefit to our industry and our students.”

The free lectures, which are open to the public, begin Monday, Jan. 14 and take place in
room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University. The lectures are open to the
public and typically begin at 2 p.m., aside from the opening lecture Jan. 14, which will begin
at 2:30.

The lectures can be viewed live online and can be downloaded following each event by visiting
the by visiting the CCOVI Lecture Series website.

2019 CCOVI Lecture Series:

Jan. 14: Don Cyr, Professor of Finance, Goodman School of Business, Brock University — “Who
is the natural heir to Robert Parker in the en primeur wine market?”
*Special time of 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Ronald Jackson, Wine Writer and Author — “Carbonic maceration: Modern version of a
Neolithic wine?”

Jan. 28: Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Senior Viticulturist, Brock University — “Evaluation of plant
material as an adaptation strategy to climate change in Canadian vineyards.”

Feb. 11: Pat Bowen, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland
Research and Development Centre — “Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3: Effects on
Cabernet Franc vine performance and wine quality.”
And Carl Bogdanoff, Viticulture Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland
Research and Development Centre — “Varietal differences in grapevine hardiness — buds,
canes and roots.”

Feb. 25: Sudarsana Poojari, CCOVI Senior Virologist, Brock University — “Current advances in
understanding grapevine virus diseases.”

Mar. 4: TBA

Mar. 11: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University — “Communicating
scientific research to grape growers and winemakers.”

Mar. 18: Antonia Mantonakis, Associate Professor of Marketing, Goodman School of Business,
Brock University — “The consumer psychology behind wine choices.”

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