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Viticulture briefs

Sonoma State University alumnus and master sommelier Ian Cauble is returning to campus March 28 for a screening of “Somm,” a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th master sommelier in history.

The event, which is open to the public, is at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

“Somm” takes place in six countries over the span of two years and documents four people who are striving to achieve the highest distinction in fine wine and beverage service.

Cauble recently co-founded SommSelect, a direct-to-consumer website where wine enthusiasts receive special offers selected by Cauble and a fellow SSU alumnus.

Tickets for the screening are $25 per person and include a wine and hors d’ouevres pairing selected by Cauble and SSU Executive Chef Eric Lee.

Cauble will answer questions from the audience after the film.

For more information and a link to buy tickets, go to www.sonoma.edu/sbe.

Riedel to hold wine glass seminar

Does the glass matter?

Indeed it does, according to the Riedel Wine Glass Co., which will be leading a seminar March 20 in Petaluma.

Attendees will receive a three-glass Riedel Red Wine Tasting set (a $100 value) and taste through three red wines: Guarachi Family Wines Pinot Noir, Enriquez Estate Tempranillo and Armagh Vineyard Syrah.

The seminar is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at the Petaluma Historical Museum. The event is sponsored by the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance.

Cost is $55 for alliance members and $75 for nonmembers. Members only may RSVP through Friday by sending an email to Jude Mion at jude@petalumagap.com.

Nonmembers may RSVP after Friday if space is available.

Free recycling for vineyard materials

The Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Ratto Group are co-sponsoring an opportunity to recycle various vineyard and agriculture materials at no charge.

A free Vineyard Materials Recycling Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Sonoma County Transfer Station, 4376 Stage Gulch Road in Sonoma.

Items accepted at no charge include: drip hose, drip tube and tape, steel posts, PVC and metal irrigation pipe, grow tubes, trellis wire, plastic sheeting, and clean, rolled and tied bird netting.

Pressure-treated wood will not be accepted. Clean wood and debris are accepted for a pro-rated fee.

Plastic pesticide containers will be recycled on May 1 in Healdsburg.

A materials description form is required. For the form and more information, visit www.sonomawinegrape.org/event/free-vineyard-winery-ag-materials-recycling.

For information on materials, contact jerry@unicycler.com. For other details, contact Karen at 522-5862 or karen@sonomawinegrape.org.

(Compiled by Derek Moore. Send items to derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com.)

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