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<strong>RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY: Pinot Classic set for May 24-24</strong>

The Pinot Classic, a brand new event to celebrate Russian River Valley pinot noir, will be held May 24-25. The Russian River Valley Winegrowers have created this inaugural event to honor the region that has become known throughout the world for its pinot noir.

There will be a seminar, a Pinot Paulee Dinner and a Passport to Pinot tasting event, among others. Tickets, from $20 to $350 for various events, are available at pinotclassic.com. The site also offers details about various events.

<strong>ROHNERT PARK: Film's sommelier returns to SSU</strong>

Master Sommelier Ian Cauble, an alumnus of Sonoma State University, will return to the Rohnert Park campus at 6 p.m. Friday for a special screening of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to become the 197th master sommelier in history.

The screening, held in the SSU Student Center Ballroom, will begin with a food-and-wine pairing selected by Cauble and SSU executive chef Eric Lee. Cauble will answer questions after the film.

"I wouldn't be a master sommelier today if I hadn't attended Sonoma State," Cauble said. "The connections I made changed the trajectory of my life."

"Somm" takes place in six countries over the span of two years and documents the journey of four sommeliers through the four-level education and exam process.

With a fellow SSU alumnus, Cauble recently co-founded SommSelect, a direct-to-consumer website where wine enthusiasts receive special offers.

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