Learn about sustainable growing

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, SRJC Ag and Natural Resources Department, and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance are co-sponsoring the 13th annual Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

Laura Breyer of Breyer IPM Vineyard Service will discuss integrated pest management; Doug Gubler of UC Davis will discuss fungicide resistance management and prevention for grapevine diseases; Sue Ostrom of the Sonoma County Agriculture Commissioner's Office will provide updates on laws, regulations and quarantines; and Kathy Kellison of Partners for Sustainable Pollination will discuss bee-friendly farming.

The event will be held at SRJC's Shone Farm at 7450Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Contact Karen at 522-5862 or karen@sonomawinegrape.org for details.

New winemaker at Winesecrets

American Winesecrets, a Sebastopol-based wine filtration company, has hired Luke Bohanan as a production winemaker at its winery.

Bohanan is a recent graduate of UC Davis, where he earned a master's degree in enology. A former Army officer, Bohanan provides Winesecrets with leadership skills from tours of duty in Iraq and specific expertise in wine filtration and sensory science gained during his master's degree research.

"The company allows me to combine my passion for wine and fellow veterans along with my uniquely diverse background in science and military leadership," Bohanan said in a news release.

"Bohanan's focus on the technical aspects of wine finishing and leadership experience make him an ideal fit for our on-site operations," said Eric Dahlberg, president of American Winesecrets.

Awards for hospitality industry

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma has launched the CANVAS Hospitality Excellence Awards, a new annual program to enhance pride and reward strong customer service.

"Our hospitality professionals have a powerful influence on the guest experience, and on our economy," said Colby Smith, founder and executive director of CANVAS, in a statement. "I am excited and proud to create a way for them to be recognized for their contribution."

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 15. For more information, visit conciergealliancewp.com.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Send items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.