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Viticulture briefs

Brad Petersen of Fall Creek Vineyards & Rawah Vineyards has been elected 2013-14 chairman of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.

The group elected Kevin Barr of Redwood Empire Vineyard Management as vice chairman and Richard Mounts of Mounts Vineyard as treasurer. Glenn Proctor of Puccioni Ranch and partner at Ciatti Company will be a new commissioner.

“As we welcome the new leadership, we'd like to thank outgoing commissioner John Azevedo for his time and service to the grape growing community, as well as recognize Vicki Michalczyk for serving as treasurer this past year, and John Belletto, outgoing chairman, whose leadership and commitment has been a steadfast presence in our community for years,” said Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers.

Also on the commission are Duff Bevill, John Balletto, Steve Sangiacomo, Joe Dutton, Mark Houser, Pete Opatz, Glenn Proctor and Rhonda Smith.

Electronic tongue developed to evaluate wine

Researchers at Washington State University are using an “electronic tongue” to evaluate wines produced in Washington State.

Unlike human taste buds, the e-tongue never tires or takes a day off, even after hours of around-the-clock sampling, said Carolyn Ross, assistant professor of food science, in a news release.

The e-tongue works by dipping its “tongue” into a beaker filled with wine on a rotating platform called an autosampler. It reads a profile of sensory attributes ranging from metallic and savory to sweet and bitter. After the tongue pulls out, the platform turns to present the next beaker of wine.

Registration to open for Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Registration for the 2014 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will open Oct. 29.

The conference, the largest of its kind in North America, drew an estimated 13,000 participants last year.

It will be held on Jan. 28-30 in the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento.

For more information visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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

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