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Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Wine Institute appoints new VPs

The Wine Institute announced that Charles Jefferson and Linda Ulrich were appointed vice presidents of federal relations for the Institute.

Jefferson served as chief of staff for Rep. Mike Thompson, member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Wine Caucus. He most recently was vice president at BGR Government Relations in Washington, D.C.

Ulrich has served in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and was director of the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Washington, D.C. She was deputy chief of staff for Rep. Ken Calvert. Ulrich, who grew up in California, also served as president of the California State Society.

“Charles and Linda have extensive senior level public policy experience on Capitol Hill working with the California delegation, House and Senate leadership, key committees and federal agencies,” said Robert Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute. “I am so pleased to have them join Wine Institute.”

Evening Land to sell 2 operations

Santa Rosa-based Evening Land Vineyards reached an agreement to sell its vineyard and winemaking operations in the Santa Rita Hills and Lompoc to a partnership led by sommelier Rajat Parr.

A 40-acre vineyard and a winery outfitted for small-lot production were part of the deal, which is expected to close during the second quarter this year.

“This agreement will allow us to more efficiently allocate our resources to our ongoing efforts in Oregon and Burgundy and to refocus our efforts in the Sonoma Coast appellation, where we own the Occidental Vineyard, one of California's great vineyard sites,” said Greg Ralston, CEO of Evening Land, in a news release.

Pest control is topic of meeting

The North Coast Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisors is holding a spring continuing education meeting on April. 3 at the Rohnert Park 4H Center, 6445 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. This one-day meeting will run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Four hours of continuing education units have been applied for.

The meeting will include an invasive pests update by Lucia Varela; laws and regulations update by Tony Linegar; strategies in reducing nitrate leaching by Jose Luis Gonzales; nutrient management ag waiver status by Jim Dana; and red blotch virus update by Deborah Golino.

Non-members pay $35 in advance by April 2, or $40 at the door. For more information or to register, go to or contact Hector Bedolla at 478-9555 or

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