Dec. 5 workshop for growers

The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner will host its annual workshop for growers on Dec. 5.

The program, which focuses on application of pesticides, will update attendees on the glass winged sharpshooter, light brown apple moth and European grapevine moth. Presenters will go over preventing pesticide drift, personal protective equipment and supervision of employees and online pesticide use reports.

It will be held at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information visit

Price, Chanin form Lutum

Bill Price, owner of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards, and Gavin Chanin, owner of Chanin Wine Co., announced the launch of Lutum, a new wine brand focusing on pinot noir and chardonnay.

The first pinot noirs to be released were sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills AVAs, and were made at Lutum's new winery in Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.

Price also owns Durell Vineyard and Gap's Crown Vineyard, both in the Sonoma Coast AVA, and has ownership interests in Three Sticks, Kistler, Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell wineries.

Chanin, previously winemaker at Qup? was named one of Forbes' "30 under 30" future stars in food and wine in 2011 and a "winemaker to watch" by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012.

Accolade buys New Zealand brands

Accolade Wines, the Australian company which owns Geyser Peak Winery and other brands, has reached an agreement to buy New Zealand brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group of New Zealand.

The deal, which is subject to approval by New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office, includes the Waipara Hills tasting room and cafe.

"The suite of brands, which also includes Dusky Sounds, Haymaker and Skyleaf, covers outstanding wines from key regions," said Michael East, Accolade's general manager for Australia and New Zealand, in a news release.

The brands augment Accolade Wines' existing portfolio of New Zealand brands and offer the opportunity to grow in Europe, North America and Asia, the company said.

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