Huffman will speak to growers

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, will speak to the Sonoma County Winegrowers on Aug. 20 on water issues affecting grape growers and vintners.

The event also will feature Brian Turrentine of Turrentine Brokerage, who will provide an update of pre-harvest bulk wine and the grape market, and Sonoma County Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar, who will host a question-and-answer session for growers.

Those wanting to attend the session should register by Aug. 18 at water-issues.

Women in Wine networking event

A networking event for administrative-level women in the wine industry will be held Aug. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Clair Brown Winery in Napa.

Women for WineSense Napa-Sonoma chapter will be hosting the event, which is sponsored by Dolan Wine Business Consulting.

The wines for the event will be paired with the garden-to-table food by Chef Norma Whitt.

Keplinger named winemaker at Grace

Helen Keplinger has been named winemaker at Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena.

“We were determined to find a winemaker who was well-traveled, widely experienced and an excellent fit for the winery,” founder Dick Grace said in a statement. “Helen is extremely talented and brings a new perspective that will steer the winery into the future, while remaining a careful steward of its heritage.?

Named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food & Wine in 2012, Keplinger has worked extensively in Europe and California.

She spent three years in the Priorat region of Spain at Cellers Melis, returning to California to launch her own label, Keplinger Wines.

In the Napa Valley her experience includes work for Bryant Family Vineyard, Kenzo Estate, Arrow & Branch, Sarocka and Scully.

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