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June 4, 2013 | 12:39 PM

We just received this announcement about the first Chenin Blanc Petite Sirah Conference to take place in Clarksburg, California on Aug 22-23.

The first annual Chenin Blanc Petite Sirah Conference will be held August 22-23 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, offering growers, vintners, the wine trade and consumers new insights into the two varieties' special opportunities and challenges. A presentation will be made honoring wine author and columnist Gerald Asher, who famously said about Clarksburg Chenin Blanc, "the right grape in the right place."

The Old Sugar Mill is an active event site fifteen minutes from Sacramento, where nine wineries have tasting rooms and the Clarksburg Wine Company is headquartered. "The conference will explore where the two varieties are grown and cultivated, plus what types and pricing are doing well in the market," according to John Beckman, General Manager of the Old Sugar Mill. "We're developing our program with the help of area businesses such as Sacramento Farm to Fork and," said G.M. "Pooch" Pucilowski, the conference director. "Wineries are already showing enthusiasm and we'll have a wonderful tasting on Thursday evening."

Conference package registration (two-day conference with lunches and a Thursday wine tasting) is $365 until June 30; $395 July 1-August l0; and $435 after that. The Thursday wine tasting is $35 in advance; $55 at the door. For more information and to register, contact

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