Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
Quivira earns sustainability award
Congressman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, presented Quivira Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley with his Sustainable North Coast certificate in recognition of Quivira's work in restoring salmon habitat and healthy waterways.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition from Congressman Huffman,” Pete Kight, proprietor of Quivira Vineyards, said in a statement. “All of the efforts here, from the biodynamic and organic winegrowing to the restoration of Wine Creek and Dry Creek, are very much a part of our DNA at Quivira.”
In 2012, Quivira partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on the first stage of a 6-mile enhancement of Dry Creek Coho salmon habitat. Last summer, project partners created a side channel on Quivira property that allows young coho and steelhead to escape fast-moving water during high-winter flows.
Smart marketing seminar April 11
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and California Association of Winegrape Growers are sponsoring a Smart Marketer Seminar on April 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa.
The Seminar kicks off with a grape and bulk wine market update by Brian Clements of Turrentine Brokerage. The seminar also will address neighbor and community relations.
Speakers will include Sonoma State University business administration professor Liz Thach, who helped to construct the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance's (CSWA) Code of Sustainable Winegrowing chapter on neighbor and community relations.
There is no charge to attend with pre-registration. RSVP by April 8 to www.sonomawinegrape.org/smartmarketer.
Wine Institute backs sustainability
The Wine Institute has created California Wines: Down to Earth Month, a month-long, statewide celebration of California's leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking, featuring practices that are environmentally and socially responsible. This April marks the campaign's second year.
Wineries across the state will engage consumers, policy leaders, media and trade with fun, sustainably focused festivities to learn about California wine's eco-friendly practices and the people and places behind them. From Earth Day festivals and “green wine trails” to dog-friendly vineyard hikes, wildlife talks, horseback rides and eco-tours, the state's wineries will highlight being green this April.
“Wine lovers can do more than taste; they can experience where and how wines are grown and made with our green-themed events this April,” said Robert (Bobby) Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute, in a statement.
For more information visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com/d2e.
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