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Join us the evening of May 23 to kick of the the IQ event with IQ CONNECT – the opening night soiree celebrating the leading innovators in ultra-premium winemaking.

Held in the newly renovated Mansion Gardens at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, IQ CONNECT is an evening wine and food reception featuring wineries and winemakers known for their devotion and dedication to innovation. Join hundreds as they taste through some of the wine world's most cutting-edge creations in a relaxed environment.

IQ CONNECT will feature select "bars," pouring wines from distinct winemakers, wineries and award winners.

Marchesi Antinori: Chief executive and chief winemaker for Marchesi Antinori, Renzo Cotarella, will be on hand to pour Antica Chardonnay and Guado al Tasso Vermentino, following his keynote presentation and tasting earlier in the day.

Ridge Vineyards: Paul Draper, widely recognized as a leader in the wine industry, pioneered and popularized vineyard designated wines and has led a movement to protect and promote Californian old vine Zinfandel.

IQ Advisory Board Wines: Have you ever wanted to try some of the wines produced by IQ's outstanding board of expert winemakers? This is your chance, as several will be pouring–and discussing methods.

Green Medal Award Winners: The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance will recognize the recipients of the Green Medal Awards, vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the 3 E's of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity), at Innovation + Quality.

Proceeds from IQ CONNECT will be donated to the American Society of Enology and Viticulture to fund a grant for enterprising smoke taint researchers discovering how it affects a final wine, removal methods and more.

Admittance to IQ CONNECT is included with and IQ All Access pass, or can be purchased independently for $150


Trial Name: The Effect of Maceration Timing on Smoke Taint Extraction
Winery: A to Z Wineworks

Trial Name: Effect of Higher Yield and Later Thinning on Pinot Noir
Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard

Trial Name: Whole Cluster on Top vs. Bottom of Fermenter in Pinot Noir
Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard

Trial Name: Flash Detente as a Mitigation Technique for Smoke-exposed Grapes
Winery: Carneros Vintners

Trial Name: Fermentation Temperatures on Barrel-fermented Chardonnay
Winery: Chamisal Vineyards

Trial Name: Does the Stabulation Technique Build Palate Weight and Structure in Syrah Rosé?
Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Trial Name: Increased SO2 at Crush to Enhance Color Extraction in Pinot Noir
Winery: Chemeketa Cellars

Trial Name: Use of Cilyo to Decrease Unstable Polyphenols in White Wines
Winery: Domaine Carneros

Trial Name: Comparing the Use of Air and Nitrogen as Flotation Gases
Winery: Erath Winery

Trial Name: Co-inoculation of Malolactic Bacteria vs. Sequential Inoculation in Carneros Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Trial Name: Implications of Barrel, Stainless Steel and Alternative Oak RRV PN Ferments
Winery: Francis Ford Coppola Winery/Virginia Dare Winery

Trial Name: Understanding Pinot Grigio Color Stabilization
Winery: Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Trial Name: Fermentation and Aging of Sauvignon Blanc in Two Different Concrete Eggs with Different Origins
Winery: Galerie Wines

Trial Name: Effect of Direct Inoculation vs. Normal Rehydration of GVS107 Yeast on Chardonnay
Winery: Hess Collection Winery

Trial Name: Velocity Winemaking via STARS Technologies
Winery: Hess Collection Winery

Trial Name: Amphora vs. Barrel for Russian River Chardonnay
Winery: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Trial Name: Non-Saccharomyces Yeast Comparison in Tank-fermented Chardonnay
Winery: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Trial Name: Using No-SO2 Wine Production Methods on Pinot Noir
Winery: Van Duzer Vineyards

IQ is always seeking your input about the trials you'd like to see presented. Your suggestions can be either trials you are considering conducting or other trials that you'd like to see.


Many of the most innovative products and services for winemakers today will be featured onsite at the I+Q Event. The products chosen are hand selected by the IQ Advisory Board and the Wine Business Monthly editorial team solely on criteria of innovation relevant to Ultra-premium wineries.

The following companies were featured for their innovative products at the 2017 event:

Pellenc America, Inc
Scott Labs
ATP (American Tartaric Products)
Della Toffola
TankNET by Acrolon Technologies Inc.
Alpine Scientific Inc.
Fruition Sciences
Authentic Vision
Winemakers Research Exchange



All Access Session Pass

Experience all that IQ has to offer with full access to BOTH days of IQ. Includes all Keynotes and sessions, the IQ Connect Party, and access to the Silverado Mansion Gardens for walk-around Trial tastings, Lunch on day two, and access to Industry Partner lounges.

Early Bird Offer
Regular Price

IQ Connect Pass

IQ Connect is the can't miss evening wine and food reception on the opening night of IQ. IQ Connect will take place on May 23 from 5:00-7:00pm and will feature wine from Marchesi Antinori, Ridge Vineyards, IQ Advisory Board Members, and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Green Medal Awards Winners.

A Walk-around Trials Pass for Day Two (May 24) is also included in this pass.

Regular Price

Walk-around Trials

Join us in the Silverado Mansion Gardens and Pavilion on Thursday, May 24 for walk-around Trial tastings from more than 20 featured wineries, Lunch, and access to Industry Partner lounges.

Regular Price

I am registering myself plus others

Association discount rates are available. Please contact your association to secure your discount code.

All ticket proceeds are being collected on behalf of the Napa Valley Farm Bureau who holds the alcohol and beverage licenses for the event.

Online registration ends Friday, May 18.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
You may request a cancellation/refund for sessions, via email by April 2, 2018. No refunds will be issued after April 2, 2018. A $25 processing fee will be applied to all cancellation/refunds. There are no refunds on Wine Trials passes. You may transfer your registration by logging into your registrant account.

For questions contact info@winebusinessiq.com