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Viticulture briefs

Novavine Grapevine Nursery in Santa Rosa is expanding due to increased vineyard planting throughout California, the company announced.

The company has opened a new 46,332-square-foot greenhouse facility that will hold 595,000 vines at a time.

Sales have doubled since 2010, creating the need for more greenhouse space, the company said in a news release.

The greenhouse will feature state of the art monitoring and control system and roll-up walls to provide natural cooling, among other features.

Lake County Winegrape Commission hosts Momentum seminar series

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is presenting its “Momentum!” seminar series which will focus on marketing tools and trends for Lake County’s wine industry.

The first seminar will be held on Nov. 22 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport. It will feature a talk about a study on the climate of the Clear Lake growing region.

“We are excited to bring this informative series of seminars to Lake County wine industry professionals,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

The series will be funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The cost is $20. For more information call 279-2633 or visit www.lakecountywinegrape.org.

SSU to hold seminar on wine trends

Sonoma State University will hold a seminar on “Wine Trends: What’s Hot and Not in the Wine Business” on Nov. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.

This seminar will be led by Liza Zimmerman, principal of the wine education and consulting firm Liza the Wine Chick and editor-at-large of Cheers, a national magazine covering the restaurant, bar and hotel business.

Panelists will include Mike Colicchio of Nielsen, Christian Miller of Full Glass Research, Cyril Penn of Wine Business Monthly, Luke Sykora of Wine & Spirits, and Deborah Parker Wong of Tasting Panel.

The seminar costs $180, with a discount offered before Nov. 8. For more information contact Jessica Heing at jessica.heing@sonoma.edu or 664-3347.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Send items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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