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Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrowers will hold a drought meeting for growers, wineries, ranchers and dairy farmers on Feb. 21 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The drought meeting to be held on Feb. 4 is sold out. Registration for the Feb. 21 meeting will be required. There is a $10 fee to attend and lunch is included if you select the box.

The morning session will be targeted to growers, wineries and orchards. There will be lunch with keynote speakers followed by the afternoon session targeted to livestock and dairy producers.

The meeting is a partnership of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s office, UC Cooperative Extension and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

For more information contact Karen at 522-5862 or karen@sonomawinegrape.org

Alcohol industry seminar

The Seminar Group will hold a seminar on “Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Practical Issues in the Alcohol Industry” on Feb. 20 at Le Méridien Delfina in Santa Monica.

The program will feature attorneys David J. Katz, a partner with Perkins Coie LLP, and Martin Svab, a member of Haxan Partners LLC. It also will feature Lori Ajax, deputy division chief with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Matthew D. Botting, general counsel with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Quinton Jay, managing director with Bacchus Capital Management; Christian Krogstad, founder of House Spirits Distillery; Jonathan and Laurie Porter, co-founders of Smog City Brewing Company; Mario Zepponi, president of Zepponi & Company, and others.

For more information visit www.theseminargroup.net.

Pruning championship set for Feb. 28

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and the Sonoma County Winegrowers will hold the 15th annual Sonoma County Regional Pruning Contests and County Pruning Championship on Feb. 28, at SRJC Shone Farm beginning at 8:30 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

Shone Farm is located at 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville. All events are open to the public with advanced registration.

Regional AVA’s will run heats to determine the top two winners to represent each AVA. These winners go immediately onto the championship held that same day. Cash prizes and gifts are awarded to the winners.

To attend as a spectator RSVP by Feb. 19 at www.sonomawinegrape.org/pruning-registration.

Contestant applications are due by Feb. 21. Walk-in contestants are discouraged. Please see the form below.For additional information, please contact Karen at karen@sonomawinegrape.org or 522-5862.

(Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to ted.appel@pressdemocrat.com.)

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