Wine Business Monthly's editors believe that trials are the embodiment of a winemaker's pursuit of quality. At IQ 2016, we featured the winemaker trials below. The winemakers who conducted these trials presented their wines in the Exhibit Hall, and attendees were able to walk around, taste the wines and connect personally with winemakers.

2016 Trials Tastings

Morning Trials Tasting

Trial Name: The Sensory Effect of an Oenolees Addition
Winery: Trinite Estate

Trial Name: How Enartis Pro FT Impacts the Aroma of Sauvignon Blanc
Winery: Waterbrook Winery

Trial Name: The Effects of Whole-Cluster Fermentations on Tannin Structure and Mouthfeel on Syrah
Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle/Canoe Ridge Estate Winery

Trial Name: Parsec Cap Management Trial
Winery: Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Trial Name: Montrachet Yeast Fermentation vs. "Indigenous" (non-inoculated) Yeast Fermentation
Winery: Wrath

Trial Name: Techniques to Achieve Russian River Pinot Noir Extraction Levels
Winery: MacRostie Winery and Vineyards

Trial Name: Does Stem Inclusion on Mourvedre Add Tannin Structure
Winery: Halter Ranch Vineyard

Trial Name: The Effects of Four Fermentation Vessels on Grenache Blanc
Winery: Halter Ranch Vineyard

Trial Name: Red Blotch's Effect on Wine Quality
Winery: Quintessa

Trial Name: Red Blotch vs. Virus-free Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Halter Ranch Vineyard

Afternoon Trials Tasting

Trial Name: No Shade Cloth vs. Shade Cloth on Sauvignon Blanc
Winery: Galerie

Trial Name: Natural vs. Inoculated Fermentation in Washington State Chardonnay
Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Trial Name: Selective Sort for Sunburn Removal
Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard

Trial Name: Sorting Fruit: Gravity-fed vs. Crusher-Destemmer Fed
Winery: Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Trial Name: Yeast Selection's Influence on Color Stability and Acidity
Winery: DAOU Vineyards

Trial Name: Effects of Closure Oxygen Transmission Rates on Aroma and Flavor Profile
Winery: Groth Winery & Vineyards

Trial Name: Two Different Processing Methodologies on Pinot Noir Fruit
Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard

Trial Name: Stems vs. Purchased Tannin in Pinot Noir
Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard

Trial Name: Stainless Steel vs. French Oak "EGG" Fermentation
Winery: Schweiger Vineyards

Trial Name: Second-year Regulated Deficit Irrigation
Winery: South Coast Winery