Viticulture briefs

Technology and wine will be the focus this summer in Napa during the 10th annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium.

The symposium bills itself as the only annual conference designed exclusively around the subject of applying technology to the wine industry.

This year’s program includes “speed dating” for executives with wineries and technology companies. Speakers also will discuss direct sales and marketing to consumers, financial management, winemaking and vineyard management. Past speakers have included business and technology leaders in the wine industry, as well as academics and representatives of companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Groupon.

The event is June 30 to July 1 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. Registration opens March 1.

For details, visit www.wineindustrytechnologysymposium.com.

Lake seminar Thursday

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is hosting a seminar Thursday designed to foster relationships between grower and buyers, and to provide information on sales and contracts.

Keynote speakers are Andy Beckstoffer, owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards, and Carol Kingery Ritter, of the law firm Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty.

The seminar is the final presentation in a series funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thursday’s event includes a panel discussion with buyers and winemakers from around the North Coast, followed by a social mixer.

The seminar is 1-4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre, 275 S. Main St., in Lakeport. The cost is $20.

To register, go to: www.lakecountywinegrape.org/momentum.

Grape Day focus: Pests

Get totally bugged out in Santa Rosa on Wednesday during Sonoma County Grape Day, featuring presentations on a range of pests and diseases that threaten crops.

Topics to be covered include the leafhopper, grapevine red blotch disease and new technology to measure vineyard water use.

Grape Day is sponsored by Sonoma County Winegrowers and presented by the University of California Cooperative Extension.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. Pre-register by noon Monday for $35 online at www.ucanr.org/scgrapeday. On-site registration is $45 (check or cash only).

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

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