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More than just the Chardonnay at Rombauer
 
 
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Earlier this month I visited Rombauer Vineyards to check out the winery’s spruced up barrel caves that are the focus of a new tour and tasting at the venerable Napa Valley winery, which has long enjoyed a loyal following for its full-bodied Chardonnay.

 
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Fewer varieties and less buses at the new Viansa
 
 
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Since Vintage Wine Estates acquired Viansa Winery in Sonoma, Calif., in 2013, the Santa Rosa-based company has spent millions improving the tasting room and planting new vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

 
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25th Anniversary WIFS to feature several industry experts
 
 
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Registration has opened for the 25th annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium on Sept. 26-27 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel Conference Center. Early bird pricing is available through Sept. 4 at winesymposium.com.

 
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Water Insights from the ASEV Conference
 
 
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The American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s national conference a few weeks ago included a one-day symposium on water management in California vineyards. Several speakers described interesting research and new technology that likely will help growers in the near future use much less water by using it much more efficiently. (You can read my article on the keynote address from the conference by clicking here.)

 
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Post Your Support for New UC Extension Staff
 
 
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The University of California, Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology has proposed two new UC extension staff positions that are currently being reviewed by the state for funding. The department is asking those in the industry to post comments of support to demonstrate the value and need for more skilled extension specialists. “We feel that both of these positions will significantly strengthen our extension continuum from farm advisor to CE Specialist to on-campus faculty positions,” department chair David Block said in an email. “We hope you will go online right away and voice your support.”

 
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