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Viticulture briefs

Got plastic? Recycle it Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sonoma County’s corporation yard at 17270 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg.

Containers must have lids and labels removed and be triple-rinsed, punctured and dried. Also required is a Pesticide Container Rinse Certification form, which can be downloaded at www.sonomawinegrape.org/event/spring-plastic-container-recycling-day or www.sonoma-county.org/agcomm.

The event is open to growers, wineries, nurseries, pest control businesses, golf courses, parks and government agencies.

The recycling program is co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, Sonoma County Winegrowers, Sonoma County Integrated Waste Management Division, Interstate Ag Plastics, and the Ag Container Recycling Council.

For additional information, call Pete Albers at 565-2371.

Appellation Event May 6

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma is opening its Appellation Event on May 6 to all hospitality professionals.

The event is the fifth in a series of immersive evenings showcasing the different appellations of Sonoma County.

Panelists include Anne Moller Racke, president and winegrower of Dunum Estate; Jeff Gaffner, winemaker at Ram’s Gate Winery; Bruce Riezenman, chef and owner of Park Avenue Catering and Park 121 Restaurant, and Lisa Ross, concierge at The Carneros Inn.

The event is held at Viansa Winery and Marketplace. Registration is at: www.conciergealliance.com/sonoma-appellation-series-5.

Water issues discussed

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

The program 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.

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

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