Friday, Jan 13, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar. Includes buffet lunch.
Following the Seminar, there will be a truffle orchard tour and dog training demo at Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard.
Truffle orchards are highly profitable, and are an excellent and viable way to diversify land usage. The demand for European black truffles, the most sought after truffles in the world (aka “the diamond of the kitchen”), far exceeds supply. Current black truffle production is almost exclusively in Europe, but now these truffles can be cultivated in select areas around the world. Many parts of North America, including Napa and Sonoma, offer particularly suitable climates/soil.
Designed for potential truffle growers, this in-depth seminar provides a detailed technical overview of the science and methodology involved in truffle cultivation. Presented by American Truffle Company’s Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas and Chief Truffle Officer Robert Chang, you will learn about the myriad of scientific and business factors one must consider to successfully grow truffles.
Dogs are an integral part of harvesting truffles. There is no better machine to sniff out mature truffles than the highly sensitive nose and the extreme mobility of a properly trained dog. Just like rigorous science is required for successful truffle cultivation, a scientific approach is key to effective truffle dog training. In the Friday seminar, ATC’s associate CPDT-KA master dog trainer Alana McGee will cover the science of canine truffle scent location and its practical implementation. Plus, Rob Sinskey and vineyard/orchard manager Debby Zygielbaum of Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard will provide insights into managing the first scientific truffle orchard planted in the Napa Valley area.
Includes: Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar, buffet lunch, and truffle orchard tour and dog training demonstration (bus transportation to/from truffle orchard will be provided).