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Viticulture briefs

Water issues will be a focus of the 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar May 14 in Napa.

The program, announced last week, will feature discussions on the politics of water and managing water use. The list of presenters includes Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Other discussions will revolve around the grape and global bulk wine market, lending information for grape growers and the economics of mechanically harvested grapes with optical sorting.

Results of the 2014 Vineyard Economics Survey will be presented at the full-day event, which is at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. Tickets at www.WineSymposium.com.

Lake wine competition

Lake County wines will shine this summer.

The 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition features wines crafted from grapes grown and cultivated there.

Bob Fraser, adjunct instructor and recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College wine studies program, will oversee judging.

The competition is sponsored by the Lake County Winery Association.

The public can taste the winning wines June 14 at Langtry Estate and Vineyard, 21000 Butts Canyon Road in Middletown. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/11194108881.

San Francisco wine education event

The San Francisco Wine School is hosting a three-day wine education program next weekend exploring California’s wine and wine regions.

The event features guided tastings of more than 60 California wines, identification and interpretation of state and federal wine laws, and the examination of the various climates, soils, grapes and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape.

The program is aimed at those active in or aspiring to professional careers in the California wine industry, although attendees also include avid wine-lovers seeking to deepen their understanding of California wine.

Upon successful completion, program, participants will earn a California wine appellation specialist credential.

The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

A Sunday tasting dinner with San Francisco Wine School founder David Glancy and other professional wine experts is available for an additional fee.

Enrollment materials and information are available at the San Francisco Wine School website, or by calling the school at 415-644-8461. Email inquiries should be directed to help@sfwineschool.com.

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

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