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Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation are sponsoring free vineyard employee workshops in Spanish on vineyard pruning theory and techniques.

The workshop will be held on Dec. 8 at SRJC Shone Farm’s RLT Classroom, located at 6225 Eastside Rd., in Forestville. There will be two sessions in Spanish: the three-hour beginning theory class from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the two-hour advanced theory class from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees need to bring a hand-held calculator.

Daniel Robledo, Crop Production Services, will provide instruction and demonstrate various pruning techniques, including how to determine pruning weights.

RSVP by Dec. 5 to karen@sonomawinegrape.org. For information contact Karen at 707-522-5862.

Wineries compete in charity drive

Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley wineries are vying in a friendly head-to-head competition to see which wine region collects the most toys and coats for those in need.

The contest, organized by John Jordan, CEO of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and sister Judy Jordan, founder and president of J Vineyards & Winery, runs through Dec. 14 at noon.

Both wineries are accepting new, unwrapped toys and coats of any size. Donations will be given to Toys for Tots for distribution.

Last year, Jordan employees and customers donated nearly 1,000 pounds of toys — the largest donation Toys for Tots received that year, according to the winery.

“My sister and I have set a fun goal for our respective appellations, and I’m looking forward to breaking last year’s record,” John Jordan said in a statement.

Donations can be dropped off at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, or J Vineyards & Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Highway.

Study documents economic impact of wine in Napa Valley

Wine production has an annual economic impact on Napa County of $13.3 billion, according to a new report prepared for the Napa Valley Vintners trade group.

Directly and indirectly, the wine industry provides 46,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Napa County, according to the report by Barbara Insel, founder of Stonebridge Research.

Wine-related tourism generates more than $1 billion annually for the county’s economy, Insel said. The county’s wine industry generates nearly $1.3 billion annually in local, state and federal taxes, and generates $84 million annually in charitable contributions, she said.

“The Napa wine industry is healthy and thriving, fueling our local and national economies even in these uncertain times,” NVV Executive Director Linda Reiff said in a statement.

-- Press Democrat staff. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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