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Viticulture briefs

The Seminar Group will hold its second annual Exporting Wine to China seminar on Oct. 16 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa.

Topics will include protecting intellectual property, formulating effective marketing plans, an update on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international tax considerations, consumer analysis, non-tariff barriers to entry, black markets and counterfeiting.

The program was organized by Ronald Fondiller, senior vice president and general counsel at Constellation Wines U.S. Continuing legal and professional credits are available. Costs range from about $300 for students to $600 for individuals.

For more information call 800-574-4852 or visit www.theseminargroup.net.

Forbes starts wine club

Forbes Media and Lot 18, the New York-based wine e-commerce company, launched Forbes Wine Club, a wine subscription service. Users of ForbesWineClub.com can create a profile to receive wine selections tailored to their tastes.

To create their personal WinePrint, members of Forbes Wine Club start with a tasting kit containing six miniature bottles of various wines. They then sample the wines and rate them in a guided comparative tasting on ForbesWineClub.com, establishing the foundation for their individual profile of likes and dislikes on the membership site.

“What Pandora is to finding your music genome, Forbes Wine Club is to finding your wine genome,” said Mike Federle, chief operating officer at Forbes Media, in a statement.

Napa wine train starts shuttle service to BART

Napa Valley Wine Train, which offers tours through wine country, is now running a shuttle bus that picks up riders from BART.

The motor coach picks up riders from the Concord/Martinez BART Station at 9 to 9:15 a.m., transporting them to the Napa Valley Wine Train station. There, guests will board the Wine Train to experience a three-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey from downtown Napa to St. Helena. Along the way, guests learn about the Napa Valley while enjoying lunch with optional beverage pairings. At 4:15 to 4:30 p.m., guests board the bus and return to the North Concord/Martinez BART station.

The cost is $30 per person for round-trip bus ride. Advance reservations are required.

For more information call 800-427-4124 or visit www.winetrain.com.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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