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Viticulture briefs

Nominations for the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission’s board of directors are still being accepted.

Five seats are open. Nominees must submit their written notice of intent to run for the board no later than April 30.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Ginger Baker at ginger@sonomawinegrape.org. For more information, contact Karissa Kruse at karissa@sonomawinegrape.org.

Duckhorn owner to speak

The owner of Duckhorn Wine Co. and its fast-growing Decoy label will give the keynote speech at the 14th annual Wine Industry Conference staged April 22 by the North Bay Business Journal.

Rick Magnuson is the executive managing director of Menlo Park private equity firm GI Partners, which acquired St. Helena-based Duckhorn Wine Co. in 2007.

Panelists include Tom Bonomi of Price Family Vineyards, Matt Wood of Domaine Chandon, Erle Martin of Crimson Wine Group and Phil Hurst of Truett-Hurst.

The conference also will feature a discussion about on-premise wine consumption and other industry trends.

The conference is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. Registration is $95 per person.

The deadline to preregister is Friday. More information is available at www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/87988.

Talk on science of wine

Get inside the chemistry and science of wines and winemaking with UC Santa Cruz professor Phil Crews.

Crews will be speaking Thursday at Sonoma State University on the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.

He also will present an overview of some recent advances in sensory evaluation of winemaking technology and explore the left-brain versus right-brain approaches to creating the complex beverage, which is comprised of many organic and inorganic compounds.

Crews is a chemistry and biochemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz. He also is the owner and winemaker of Capitola’s Pelican Ranch Winery.

The public is invited to attend his lecture, which is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Weill Hall. Tickets are required for the free event and can be obtained at http://tinyurl.com/kbcovqw.

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

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