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Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrowers have hired Robert LaVine as sustainability manager to help the organization reach its goal of making all vineyards in Sonoma County sustainable by 2019.

LaVine has more than 30 years of winegrowing experience throughout California, with an emphasis on implementation, education and promotion of sustainability.

As director of winegrower relations in the Central Coast region for Robert Mondavi Winery, LaVine took a leadership role in the early adoption of sustainable vineyard practices. He also was on the development committee for the Sustainable in Practice program.

LaVine most recently worked at Fetzer Winery as director of sourcing.

In his new role, LaVine will oversee all aspects of the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ push toward becoming the nation’s first winegrowing region to achieve full compliance with sustainability standards.

Guarachi buys vineyard

Guarachi Family Wines has purchased Meadowrock, a 62-acre vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation in Napa Valley.

The vineyard, planted with 30 acres at an elevation from 1,400 to 1,760 feet, previously housed Meadowrock Winery and Astrale E Terra Winery.

The deal marks the second vineyard acquisition for Guarachi Family Wines, which was launched in 2007 by TGIC Importers founder and CEO Alex Guarachi. In 2013, Guarachi Family Wines purchased Sun Chase vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA.

“We see this purchase in Atlas Peak as a great complement to our recent Sun Chase acquisition, as both are located in the best growing regions in the Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs,” Alex Guarachi said.

Water issues discussed

Water issues will be a focus of the 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar on Thursday 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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