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Published: Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.

Dollars and $ense seminar coming Jan. 17

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission will hold its 22nd annual Dollars and $ense seminar and tradeshow on Jan. 17 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

There will be 50 trade show vendors. At the seminars, Glenn Proctor of Ciatti Company and Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank will give an update on the bulk wine and grape markets, and will examine whether the strength of the grape market is sustainable. Christian Miller of Wine Opinions will discuss the national promotion and marketing campaign of Sonoma County grapes.

The registration deadline for exhibitors is Jan. 4. The deadline for general attendees is Jan. 14. For more information visit

Mendocino wineries sign up for launch

More than a dozen Mendocino County wineries are selling wine on through its new wine marketplace that launched in early November.

Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc., which began operation on Aug. 1 shortly after the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission disbanded, was instrumental in connecting wineries with Amazon.

“The Amazon project is a perfect example of how MWI can help local wineries sell more wine,” said Zac Robinson, owner of Husch Vineyards and a volunteer with MWI.

Other wineries participating in the launch include Rivino, Albertina Wine Cellars, Barra of Mendocino, Yorkville Cellars, Testa Vineyards, Brutocao Cellars, McFadden Vineyard, Parducci Wine Cellars and Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery.

Donum acquires Russian River vineyard

Donum Estate, a Carneros pinot noir producer that was bought by a partnership of Danish investors last year, acquired the Nugent Vineyard in Russian River Valley from Joe and Cynthia Nugent.

The 16 acres of pinot noir are located on a level 20-acre property.

“Anne and Joe Nugent have enjoyed a wonderful working relationship through the years that has produced spectacular results,” said Trond Fredheim of Winside, Inc., the partnership of Danish investors. “We are delighted that Joe has entrusted ownership of this special site to our winery.”

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