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Sonoma County Winegrowers Partner To Host Inaugural Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

SD Media Productions will host the first-ever international culinary event in Sonoma County – the first of its kind to take place in a major U.S. wine region – with the announcement of the inaugural Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience, founded in partnership with the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW). The three-day celebration will take place May 20-22, 2022, spotlighting world-class …

Wine Foundation Scholarships Now Open To Students

Washington Wine Industry Foundation today announced the opening of scholarships for qualifying students pursuing wine-related studies. Six scholarships are available to students in two- or four-year programs. The scholarships and their requirements include: NEW! Albert Don Memorial Scholarships established in honor of Albert Don, a respected innovator in the ag and grape community. The Albert Don Memorial Scholarship awards $3,000 …

Washington State Wine Commission Research Grant Program Now Open

The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) is soliciting research grant proposals for Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The competitive research grant program sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission is open for submittals through January 31, 2022. Both short-term and intermediate research projects are funded through the grant program. The WSWC’s grant program was initiated …

WSU Tri‑Cities Launches Online Program to Train Winery, Tasting Room Servers

Washington State University Tri-Cities has launched a new online Wine Tasting Room Certificate program that trains winery and tasting room servers on wine business customer service, knowledge of Washington wines, sensory attributes of wine, as well as suggestions for selling wine. The course, which costs $249, is comprised of four modules that take approximately eight hours to complete: Exploring wine …

Call for Applications for the Annual CA Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards

California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2022 CaliforniaGreen Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, with applications now being accepted at greenmedal.org. Vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in California are eligible to apply in four award categories, recognizing outstanding achievement in sustainability: Leader Award, given to the vineyard or winery that demonstrates success and innovation in all of the below three areas of sustainable …

Epistemix Partners with Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Safety

Epistemix, a computational modeling software company that develops simulations to model the spread of diseases and inform policy, today released updated data that projects the risk of COVID transmission during the January 25-27 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at a rate of 1 case per 10,000 of its 12,000-person conference. “Creating a controlled environment is crucial for conferences like the …

CAWG President John Aguirre to Step Down After 12 Years

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) announced the planned departure of its president, John Aguirre, effective May 31, 2022. He started with the association on June 1, 2010. “Leading CAWG has been a dream job,” Aguirre said. “I’ve had the privilege of working for outstanding volunteer leaders who are dedicated to the idea of advocacy on behalf of winegrape …

How Extreme Weather Affects Ag and Wine Production Keynote Address at 2022 Unified Symposium

With so much attention paid to climate change, the 2022 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium this January has appropriately recruited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) climate director to open the prestige three-day event. As Unified’s Tuesday luncheon keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Ostoja, director of the USDA California Climate Hub, will offer his  insights into how a changing climate …

What US Food Exporters Need to Know about China’s New Facility Registration Requirements

Port congestion and unresolved international trade disputes are tough enough, without China’s new facility registration requirements going into effect at the start of 2022 for food export destined for China.  Watch this brief interview with Keith Schneller, Trade Policy Specialist for the Almond Board of California,  as he explains the issue and how FDA is addressing it. Please thank this …

Allied Grape Growers Hires Pam Bond as North Coast Operations Support

Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has named Pam Bond as its North Coast operations support, effective Dec. 1. In her new role, she will work closely with AGG’s North Coast regional manager and grower relations representative, providing administrative support around contract negotiations as well as field support for grower relations. Bond worked with AGG through the 2021 harvest as a seasonal …

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