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Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.

Seminar on Monday examines vineyard growers' water rights

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission will hold a seminar on “Water Rights 101 and Water Development Strategies” on Monday in Santa Rosa.

The seminar was created in response to AB 964, which provides new options for growers and vintners to develop water storage up to 20-acre feet and to address efficient water use in Sonoma County.

The need to develop dependable water sources for frost protection and irrigation without impacting endangered or threatened salmonids remains a critical need, despite the recent court ruling invalidating the California State Water Resource Control Board's vineyard frost protection regulations, the group said.

The seminar will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa. There is no cost to attend but RSVPs are requested. For information go to or contact contact Karen at 707-522-5862 or

Torres first speaker in 'Women on Wine' series Thursday

The first event in a new series called “Women on Wine - Unfiltered” will be held at Big Bottom Market in Guerneville on Thursday.

The series was developed to bring the lives and wines of women in the winemaking industry to life in an intimate and personal setting. The networking, discussion and food and wine pairing event was organized by the Guerneville market and VingDirect, a Santa Rosa company that helps wineries sell directly to consumers.

The two-hour event begins at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Tammy Boatright, founder/owner of VingDirect. The first event will feature Marimar Torres, proprietor and winegrower of Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Big Bottom Market is at 16228 Main St., Guerneville, and the cost is $50. For more information visit or call Tricia Brown at 604-7295.

Yao Ming debuts $625 wine in U.S.

Yao Family Wines, the Napa Valley wine company founded by former NBA star Yao Ming, announced its entry into the U.S. wine market following its launch in mainland China.

The company, which debuted in 2011, is distributing two 2009 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons to U.S. wine shops and restaurants in key markets. Regal Wine Company is distributing the wine in California.

“This has been an exciting year for us,” founder Yao Ming said in a statement. “Our goal from the beginning has been to produce wines that showcase Napa Valley quality and represent this amazing wine region.”

The suggested retail price of the Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon is $170 per bottle, while a reserve wine is priced at $625.

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