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Viticulture briefs

Workshop held for Spanish speakers: The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission are sponsoring an employee development program workshop on Saturday for Spanish speakers, with topics covering the identification of vineyard pests and the monitoring of key insect pests.

Lucia Varela with the UC Cooperative Extension will lead this workshop in Spanish.

It will allow vineyard employees to incorporate the code of sustainable winegrowing guidelines into their practices. The class will start with a two-hour lecture followed by a monitoring practice session in the vineyard.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Santa Rosa. There is no charge to attend.

Attendees are asked to register by Wednesday, by calling 522-5862 or by e-mailing karen@sonomawinegrape.org.

Growers to meet on water rights

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission will host on Wednesday an informational meeting for grape growers regarding the state water board’s action over water rights along the upper Russian River.

Water rights expert Paula Whealen with Wagner & Bonsignore Consulting Civil Engineers will provide information on the upper Russian River water rights curtailment order, actions taken and emergency rules adopted by the state. Jack Rice, associate counsel with the California Farm Bureau Federation, will also provide an overview of the issue.

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm Pavilion in Forestville. Those wanting to attend the meeting can register at www.sonomawinegrape.org/water-curtailment.

Wine company chooses new bottle closures

The Other Guys, a Sonoma-based wine company, has announced it has selected a new peel-and-reseal bottle closure for four of its brands.

The company has chosen the ZORK wine closure for its Leese-Fitch, Hey Mambo, Plungerhead and Moobuzz wines. The device resembles a port cork, but instead contains a polymer cover that peels off in a circular manner to create a traditional sound of a popping a cork.

The cover can be easily reapplied to the bottle. It is designed for young and fresh wines.

August Sebastiani, president of The Other Guys, said the device would help eliminate the possibility of cork taint and is popular with customers. His company had previously tested it on some of its brands.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to bill.swindell@pressdemocrat.com.

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