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Viticulture briefs

The Lake County Winegrape Commission has added two new members to its board of directors: Bill Oldham of Oldham Vineyards and Bonnie Sears of Beckstoffer Vineyards.

Oldham works as a pest control advisor and location manager at the Lyman Group/Ag Unlimited in Lakeport, where he advises winegrape growers throughout the North Coast. A Lake County native, Oldham owns and operates a family farm in Upper Lake, where he grows pears and sauvignon blanc grapes.

Sears, office manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards’ operations in the Red Hills, has worked for various agriculture-related businesses, including Snows Lake Vineyard, where she was involved in many aspects of the winegrowing business. Previously, she was employed by a fruit importer in Kelseyville. Sears and her family moved to Lake County in 1987.

Appellation Event opens

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma is opening its Appellation Event on Tuesday 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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