Friday, Jan 13, 2017
4:00pm-5:00pm Truffle Orchard Tour and Dog Training Demonstration
Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard
The truffle orchard tour/dog training demo with RSV wine tasting follows the grower seminar.
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.
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. ATC’s Master Dog Trainer Alana McGee will cover the science of canine truffle scent location and its practical implementation.
Included in Friday program and available à la carte. Note that the Saturday Truffle Orchard Tour is included in packages only.