Events – multiple records

World Wine Market 2003 set for May.

The third annual World Wine Market is scheduled for May 1-3 in San Francisco. Organizers predict a significant increase in attendance over last year’s 3,600. For information, phone (415) 383-1226 or visit the Web site

French producer buys U.S. importer.

Jeanjean, a wine producer and trader based in Southern France, acquired Cannon Wines, a San Francisco importer and distributor. The move is designed to strengthen Jeanjean’s international position, a spokesman said.

Sokol Blosser earns LEED certificate.

Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee, Ore., is the nation’s first winery to achieve LEED 2.0 Silver Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system of advanced sustainable practices. To receive its certificate, Sokol Blosser met requirements in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and environmental quality, and received additional credit for construction waste management and use of local materials. For more information, visit the Web

SVVGA distributes $420,000.

The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance (SVVGA) distributed nearly $420,000 in proceeds from its Labor Day weekend wine auction. Grants ranging from $12,000 to $127,000 went to 10 local health, education, social and environmental groups. For more information visit the Web site

Taste Washington in April.

The Washington Wine Commission will host its annual Taste Washington wine and food festival Apr. 6 at the Seahawks Stadium Exhibition Center in Seattle. Some 140 Washington wineries are expected to participate in the event, which last year drew attendance of 3,000. For more information, visit the Web site

SIAL returns to Montreal in April.

The second edition of SIAL Montreal, the international food, beverage, wine and spirits exhibition will be held April 2-4 at the newly renovated Palais de Congres de Montreal. Organizers expect to draw more than 800 exhibitors from 50 countries and more than 15,000 visitors. For more information, phone Julie Halas at (704) 365-0041, e-mail or visit the Web site

Sonoma Valley has new winery.

Charles Creek Vineyard was founded by Bill Brinton and his wife Gerry. Brinton is the great, great grandson of farm equipment pioneer John Deere. Charles Creek specializes in Chardonnay and Merlot sourced from Sonoma and Napa county vineyards. The first releases are 2000 Miradero Merlot (140 cases) and 2001 Las Patolitas “Sangiacomo” Chardonnay (875) cases. For more information phone (707) 966-6622 or visit the Web site

Clos du Bois wins IPM award.

Clos du Bois Winery, Geyserville, Sonoma County was named an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The award was one of only four presented by DPR in 2002, and the only one given to an agricultural operation. The DPR awards recognize those who pioneer pest control strategies that reduce pesticide risks and who share their solutions with others for the good of the environment.

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