Friday, Jan 12, 2018
9:00am-5:00pm Scientific Truffle Grower Seminar. Includes buffet lunch.
The Westin Verasa Napa
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. European black truffles are the most sought after truffles in the world. Also known as “the black diamond of the kitchen”, their demand far exceeds the 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 and soil.
Designed for potential truffle growers, this in-depth seminar provides a detailed technical overview of the basic 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 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 Truffle Grower Seminar, buffet lunch, and truffle orchard tour and dog training demonstration (bus transportation to/from truffle orchard will be provided).