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Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.

Amazon expands wine sales to Colorado and South Carolina

Amazon.com has expanded its wine delivery service to customers in South Carolina and Colorado.

Officially launched in November, Amazon Wine features shopping tools to help customers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., buy wine online.

“We are thrilled to add Colorado and South Carolina to the list of states that wineries on Amazon can ship to,” said Peter Faricy, vice president of Amazon Marketplace. “We are committed to helping wineries reach new customers across the country and offering our customers unprecedented access to buy wines directly from producers on Amazon Wine. We eagerly look forward to expanding our selection and customer reach in the near future.”

More information about Amazon Wine can be found at amazon.com/wine.

Grape Day coming Feb. 20

The UC Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County will present Sonoma County Grape Day on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

Speakers are UCCE Farm Advisor Rhonda Smith, Andy Walker of UC Davis, Rodrigo Almeida of UC Berkeley, Keith Striegler of the National Clean Plant Network, James Kennedy of CSU Fresno, and Lucia Varela of UCCE Sonoma County.

The fee to attend is $35 with pre-registration by Wednesday. On-site registration is $45 with check or cash only. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7 a.m.

Agenda, online registration and a mail-in registration form are all available at http://ucanr.org/scgrapeday.

For more information, contact Smith at 565-2621.

Sutter Home plans big expansion in Lodi

Sutter Home Winery plans to double the size of its Lodi crushing plant over the next three years, which could generate 400 new jobs at the Central Valley facility.

The expansion will cost an estimated $200 million, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported.

Jim Huntsinger, senior vice president of production for Sutter Home, said the company has been expanding this Lodi plant since 1998.

“We’re outgrowing our bottling facility in St. Helena,” he said. “We do a lot of Napa Valley and coastal grapes there. But we get a majority of our fruit within 30 miles of downtown Lodi.”

When the three-year project is complete, the plant’s crushing capacity will increase from 100,000 tons to 200,000 tons per year, the News-Sentinel reported.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz from staff and wire reports. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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