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The Breadth of Bubbly: A Deep Dive into Sparkling Winemaking Launches February 26 in Princeton, NJ


The event will include sessions on all styles of sparkling winemaking 

Princeton, New Jersey – February 9 The Winemakers Co-Op; a collective dedicated to driving the burgeoning fine wine movement in New Jersey, announces their first event of 2024, The Breadth of Bubbly: a deep dive into sparkling winemaking. 

The event will feature a roster of well-regarded winemakers, sparkling wine experts and leading packaging consultants who will break down sparkling winemaking and packaging. Dedicated to touching on the full spectrum of sparkling wine styles, including traditional method, charmat, method ancestral (pétillant-naturel) and more experimental styles like forced carbonation. 

The event includes sessions that focus on specific areas of traditional method winemaking including The Art of Assemblage with Gilles Martin, Winemaker at North Fork’s all-sparkling producer Sparkling Pointe; and Fred Merwarth, visionary winemaker, and co-owner at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, who will lead attendees through how autolytic character impacts a wine’s taste profile overtime in Mapping Autolysis: the journey  through time in bottle. Manveer Sandhu, Executive Director of Winemaking at Northern California’s Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services; who leads the #1 custom sparkling wine producer in the United States; will  share his expertise in both Charmat production with Winemaking Introduction to Charmat Production and traditional method with Final Steps in Méthode Champenoise Production: Disgorgement and Dosage. Dwayne Bershaw, Enology Lecturer, Cornell University will help translate the science in sparkling winemaking with his session The Science Behind Sparkling Wine. Alex Katz, winemaker at sustainably focused Protector Cellars will lead a thought provoking session on Non-traditional Effervescence: Contemporary Approaches to Classical  Methods. Award-winning global alcohol beverage design firm Denomination’s Managing Director Meghan Read will lead a virtual session exploring packaging and branding – Behind the Bottle: Packaging Strategy and Design. A group discussion on the popular sparkling style pétillant-naturel will give attendees a chance to  discuss winemaking challenges while tasting a cross-section of examples.  

Full Speaker List: 

  • Dwayne Bershaw, Lecturer Enology, Cornell University 
  • Alex Katz, Winemaker, Protector Cellars  
  • Gilles Martin, Winemaker, Sparkling Pointe Winery  
  • Fred Merwarth, Head Winemaker & Co-owner, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 
  • Meghan Read, Managing Director, Denomination 
  • Manveer Sandhu, Executive Director of Winemaking, Rack & Riddle 


Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Chauncey Road Princeton, NJ  


Full event and single day tickets are available: $150 for full 2-day event / $80 for a single day. This conference is subsidized by The Winemakers Co-Op, with support from the New Jersey Wine Industry Advisory Council and New Jersey Department of Agriculture

To see the full agenda and register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-breadth-of-bubbly-a-deep-dive into-sparkling-winemaking 

About The Winemakers Co-Op 

The Winemakers Co-Op was founded in 2015 with the common goal of increasing the quality and  perception of the fine wines of New Jersey. Member wineries aim to produce benchmark dry wines from  estate‑grown vinifera (European) varieties that illuminate the differences in soil and climate that exist  throughout the Garden State. Through a series of intimate tasting events, industry outreach and  communication with the press, these wineries have established themselves as leaders of fine wine  production on the East Coast. By spearheading essential industry research and development, Co-Op  members are striving to push the boundaries of quality with each new vintage. For more information,  please visit thewinemakersco-op.com. 



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