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Foothill Grape Day on June 5 features marketing panel, Mediterranean variety discussion

Lynn Wunderlich, Univeristy of California (UC) Cooperative Extension farm advisor in El Dorado and Amador counties, invites foothill grape growers, winemakers, and industry partners to the annual Foothill Grape Day on June 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Sogno Winery, 3046 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs, Calif.

Topics include “Spider Mite Control in Vineyards: Organic and Conventional Strategies” (Dr. Frank Zalom, UC Davis Entomology); “Top 10 Mediterranean Varieties for Warm Places in California” (Glenn McGourty, U.C. Cooperative Extension, Lake and Mendocino counties); and “Evaluation of Barbera Clones” (Dr. Matthew Fidelibus, UC Kearney Agriculture Center, Parlier, Calif.).

A special guest speaker panel: “Differentiating the Foothills: Defining and Marketing What Can Set Us Apart” will end the morning’s discussion. Panel speakers will include Bill Easton, Terre Rouge and Easton Winery; Stuart Spencer, Lodi Woodbridge Commission; and Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee.

Space for Foothill Grape Day is limited. Pre-register by May 30th by RSVP to Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528 or directly online at A meeting agenda is located on the Web site.

The $30 registration fee per person includes a catered lunch and wine tasting to follow the meeting.

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