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Viticulture briefs

Thirty-five Master of Wine and Master Sommelier students will convene in Napa Valley today for Master Napa Valley, a multi-day education immersion program about the wine region, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association.

The students, traveling from around the U.S. and seven other countries, have all passed at least the second level of examination for their respective professional certification programs.

During Master Napa Valley, they will meet and interact with nearly 100 of the association's winery members, taste and discuss more than 250 different Napa Valley wines, and participate in a dozen seminars and intimate vineyard and winery experiences designed specifically to enhance their understanding of what makes Napa Valley unique in the world of wine.

NVV hosts the program in collaboration with the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Guild of Sommeliers, which recommend the attendees from their memberships.

Ruel to lead Trefethen

Trefethen Family Vineyards in the Napa Valley has named Jon Ruel as President Since his arrival at Trefethen as viticulturist in 2004, Ruel has played a key role in furthering the company's mission of making world-class wines that capture their estate vineyard's unique terroir, the company said in a news release.

“I got into this industry because I wanted to combine the intellectual demands of science with the satisfaction of crafting something tangible, something truly delicious,” Ruel said. “My viticulture training helped me understand the needs of the vines, but it was only through my work at Trefethen that I began to realize the importance of every single person in the operation.”

Winesong raises $500K

Winesong, a fundraiser organized by Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, raised more than $500,000 to benefit Mendocino Coast Hospital. The event coincided with the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Pinot Noir Celebration.

At the sold-out live auction, the “fund a need” lot, which was intended to raise money for a new ambulance, brought in $116,000 in a matter of minutes, organizers said in a news release.

Participating wine producers hailed from Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties, the Central Coast, Sierra Foothills, Oregon, Washington state and abroad.

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

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