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Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

Vineyard Economics Symposium surveys industry for May 23 conference

The Wine Industry Symposium Group announced its 18th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar will be held on May 23 at the Napa Valley Marriott.

The group also is looking for responses to its annual Vineyard Economics Survey, which will be kept confidential. Results will be presented at the seminar.

The event also will feature a grape market update, statewide grape grower panel, talks on political, regulatory, export and funding issues, and a presentation on who is buying vineyards.

The cost to attend the event is $325 per person.

For more information on the survey visit To register visit

Forks & Corks coming to SF on April 14

More than 30 Sonoma County wineries will participate in Forks & Corks, a wine and food pairing event in San Francisco.

The event will be held at the San Francisco Film Centre at 39 Keyes Ave. on April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dishes from five food trucks will be paired with more than 80 Sonoma County wines.

Balletto Vineyards & Winery, J Vineyards & Winery, Gloria Ferrer and Seghesio Family Vineyards are among the participating wineries. The food trucks include Little Green Cyclo, Tres Truck, Liba Falafel, Sanguchon and Pacific Puffs.

Tickets cost $60 per person and include wine tasting and a selection of five dishes. Tickets are non-refundable for the rain-or-shine event.

Leeds named Napa grower of the year

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers announced that longtime grower Frank Leeds has been selected as the 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.

Leeds will be honored for his broad contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and the community on May 17 at the group’s 39th annual dinner at Black Stallion winery in Napa.

Leeds is vice president and director of vineyard operations of Frog’s Leap Winery, and the managing partner of Chavez and Leeds Family Vineyard in Rutherford. He is well known for his farming techniques incorporating organic and dry farming practices taught to him by Roy “Uncle Roy” Chavez.

As president and a member of the group, Leeds was instrumental in the development of programs focused on sustainability, organic farming, and proactive pest exclusion and management efforts. For more information visit

— Compiled by Staff Writer Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to

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