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Viticulture briefs

The Wine Institute has released a book highlighting efforts to make California’s wineries more environmentally friendly.

“Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” is described as a consumer-friendly guide to environmentally and socially responsible practices being used by the state’s vintners and growers.

The book profiles 15 vintners and growers and includes a dozen seasonal recipes timed to what’s fresh in the garden. It was written by Janet Fletcher and photographed by George Rose.

The 256-page book is $40 and available for purchase at www.discovercaliforniawines.com/downtoearth.

Its release coincides with Wine Institute’s “Down to Earth” month celebration in April when visitors can enjoy green-themed events, such as eco-tours and Earth Day parties, at wineries throughout California.

Geyser Peak tasting spot

The doors to Geyser Peak winery’s new tasting room near downtown Healdsburg are now open to the public.

The Westside Road tasting room is near a number of Sonoma County sub-appellations from which Geyser Peak has made wine for years, including Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley.

A number of food and wine events will be held at the site to celebrate its opening, including a grand opening on Saturday.

The tasting room is at 2306 Magnolia Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Tastings start at $10. Picnic options and wine and cheese pairing packages are also available to guests.

Additional information may be found at www.geyserpeakwinery.com.

Vineyard Economics talks

The 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar returns May 14 to Napa.

Results of the 2014 Vineyard Economics Survey will be presented at the full-day event, along with a program entitled “How California Winegrowers Will Weather Future Storms,” featuring vineyard and agriculture experts.

The seminar includes “vital and useful information for winegrowers, as well as vintners and professionals involved in the financial and legal sectors of the wine business,” said Kathy Archer, president of the Wine Industry Symposium Group.

The event is May 14 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. Tickets at www.WineSymposium.com.

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

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