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Sonoma County Grape board picks officers, adds members

Becky Jenkins, Duff Bevill and Dennis Black are newly elected officers of the Sonoma County Grape Grower Association Board of Directors. Two new members were also elected to the board. They are Richard Rued, of Rued Vineyard, and Keith Horn, of Guillermo's Vineyard and also Clos du Bois' vineyard manager.

“Each of these new appointees bring a wide range of experience and knowledge that will have a positive impact on issues important to all Sonoma County grape growers and their communities,” says Nick Frey, executive director.

Trained as a nurse, Board President Becky Jenkins, of Madrone Vineyard Management, prefers tractor driving in the vineyards, a job she finds most enjoyable during harvest. A strong advocate of low-income housing, she draws on the personal experience of providing housing for her employees. Today Becky and her husband Clarence manage almost 800 acres of grapes.

Duff Bevill, a Sonoma County grape grower for decades and strong advocate of the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, is the new first vice president. Dennis Black, of Black Emerald Vineyards, is second vice president.

Newly designated board member Richard Rued is a fourth generation Sonoma County grape grower who has farmed in Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valley appellations. Keith Horn, also a fourth generation grower, is a graduate of Fresno State's viticulture program and a proponent of low input/low impact viticulture techniques.

Other board members are Bonnie Baruch Barnes of Shumahi Ranch, Bruce England of England Crest, Bob Hopkins of Hopkins River Ranch, Mark Houser of Hoot Owl Creek / Alexander Valley Vineyards, Vicki Michalczyk of Hawk Hill Vineyard, and John Pelkan of Pelkan Ranch & Vineyard Co. Nick Frey continues is executive director with Mike Baldus treasurer and Francine Baldus is director of member services.

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