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September 3, 2013 | 11:43 AM

The first Chenin Blanc & Petite Sirah Wine Conference at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg will be held  November 14-15, 2013. The objective is to share with the world two of the most unrecognized and yet highly versatile grape varietals -- Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah. These two varietals are planted and produced in most major wine regions, although Clarksburg is the wine growing region where they both flourish together.

Organizers are expecting 150 attendees at the conference designed for grape growers and winemakers, restaurant, retail trade and interested consumers. Experts will address best practices in wine and grape growing, leadership and technology trends including mobile trends at retail, marketing and communications for today’s connected consumers among other topics.

Speakers at this date include; Roger Boulton, Ph.D., Chairman, UC Davis Dept. of Viticulture & Enology; Tim Hanni, MW, author of “Why You Like the Wine You Like”; Joe Gaspardone, Founder/CEO, ThumbsUpWine; Ken Fugelsang, Fresno State Professor Emeritus; Clark Smith, winemaker/author; Jo Diaz, PS I Love You; Lesley Berglund, WISE Academy; Christian Miller, Research Director, Wine Opinions; Will Warto, EPIC Wines; Darrell Corti, Grocer Extraordinaire; Tim Waits, President, Clarksburg Wine Growers & Vintners Association; Wine author and columnist Gerald Asher will be honored at the  luncheon.

Between 400-500 wine enthusiasts are expected for a Thursday evening Consumer Wine Tasting as well. Guests will enjoy tasting Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah from all regions, local and artisan foods prepared by some of the region’s best chefs, live music while enjoying the delta breeze, and sunset over the vineyards.

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