Monday, March 28, 2005

Tuesday 3/29 : Sustainable farming conference

SANTA ROSA, March 23, 2005 -- New water regulations and sustainable farming practices are among the "hot environmental issues" that will be discussed by a panel of wine industry executives and regulators at the BUSINESS JOURNAL's 2005 Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, March 29. Also, a panel of winery and distributor chief executives will discuss ways wineries can be profitable this year.The conference will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa.

The conference sponsor is the
North Bay Business Journal, and should have participants from prominent wineries, as well as the representatives from the S.F. Bay office of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (CRWQCB).
Unfortunately, the deadline for getting registered was last Thursday 3/23.

On the panel for "Hot Environmental Issues: Are They Fact or Fiction?" will be Chris Benziger, national sales manager for Benziger Family Winery (so there's a decent possibility that he could bring up his family's use of biodynamic viticulture for discussion); Jim Collins, coastal winegrowing director for Gallo Vineyards; Wil Bruhns, acting division chief of the North Bay Watershed Division of the San Francisco Bay office of the CRWQCB; Ed Quevedo, director of environmental management and sustainability programs for WSP Environmental North America; and David Graves, the general manager and founding partner of Saintsbury (who's had some rather Brett tainted Pinot Noir on the market in years further comment there).


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