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The Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 2015 Rootstock will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Napa Valley Expo.

Rootstock features highly focused seminars, vineyard and tasting trials, networking opportunities, and more than 120 of the industry’s highest quality viticulture and enology companies exhibiting their products and services.

It’s designed for grapegrowers, vineyard and winery owners, winemakers and staff.

One advantage of Rootstock compared with the Unified Wine and Grape Exposition in Sacramento in January is that it’s in Napa, making it practical to send more staff members including cellar and vineyard workers.

The Leadership & Viticultural Best Practices Education Program in Spanish is a two-day series that will provide leadership & management training and viticulture sessions focused on increasing the knowledge and skill set of Napa County farmworkers.

Two English seminars will be included:

— The future of genomics and genetics tools in plant breeding and pest and disease resistance with a comparative tasting with Dr. Marc Fuchs, associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology, Cornell University; Dr. Carole P. Meredith, professor emeritus, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis; and Dr. Andrew Walker, professor and chairman, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.

— Farming for style with a comparative tasting with Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor of viticulture, Cornell University, and Garrett Buckland, Premiere Viticultural Services.

An exhibit-only ticket is $25. The full program is $175 for Grapegrower members, $275 for others, and it includes lunch.

A harvest wrap-up party and seminar presented by Ali Bouzari, co-founder and chief science officer of Pilot R&D, will present an innovative perspective on food and wine pairing the day before at Chimney Rock Winery for $25.

Get information at NapaGrowers.org.

State committee to hold session on wine

The state Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Wine will hold a joint hearing on issues affecting California’s wine industry on Nov. 3 at Sonoma State University.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd and state Sen. Lois Wolk will hear from a panel of industry experts during a session on the future of the industry that generates an economic impact of more than $60 billion annually.

Topics to be discussed include the state’s drought and farmworker housing and education.

The hearing will be held at the university’s student center from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Peter Mondavi Sr. scholarship fund

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University has created the Peter Mondavi Sr. and Charles Krug Winery Scholarship Fund.

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It will provide financial support for one or more students who work in the wine industry and have been accepted to the upcoming Executive Master of Wine Business Administration (executive wine MBA) program.

The $25,000 award was collected by the Napa-Sonoma division of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society, in honor of Peter Mondavi Sr.

The application deadline for the scholarship is March 11.

Selection for the award will be announced to the public in May.

In other news, the Charmer Sunbelt Group, a family-owned beverage distributor that employs 7,000 people with operations in 14 states and the District of Columbia, has donated $100,000 to the Wine Business Institute.

For information, visit sonoma.edu/sbe, call 664-3235 or email winebiz@sonoma.edu.

Goosecross Opens new tasting room and winery

Goosecross Cellars, owned by Christi Coors Ficeli, has completed a new winery and tasting room in Yountville.

Coors Ficeli, the great-great-granddaughter of brewer Adolph Coors, bought the property in May 2013.

Goosecross Cellars is at 1119 State Lane. It is open by appointment daily. Go to Goosecross.com or call 944-9551.

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