• Taxation and Accounting for the Small Vineyard

Learn the principles of accounting for a vineyard operation from the initial start-up phase through the land clearing, planting, pre-productive and productive stages. Topics include: formulating a business plan; choosing the form of doing business (which directly affects permissible farm accounting methods); avoiding the problems of passive activity; qualifying as a "farmer" under the tax code; farm accounting, including depreciation and inventory cost capitalization rules; and estate planning. 

— Oct. 19: Wed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

— $190. Includes lunch and course material. Enroll in section 112VIT203.

• Taxation and Accounting for the Small Winery

Designed for wineries of 60,000 cases and fewer, you'll learn the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation and Subchapter S status, versus using limited liability companies determination of cost of goods sold, inventory valuation and costing (including inventory cost capitalization rules), advantages and disadvantages of electing LIFO, accelerating deductions through farm accounting procedures, depreciation methods, fringe benefits and estate planning.

— Oct. 20: Thurs., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

— $190. Includes lunch and course material. Enroll in section 112VIT204.

• Public Relations for Small Wineries

With about 3,000 commercial wineries in the U.S., how can you make yours stand out from the pack? A strong public relations program can make all the difference-and it doesn't have to break the bank. Learn the importance of a public relations plan and social media; the types of materials you need; how to interact with wine writers, bloggers and other media people; and why you can't rely on great scores and reviews alone to build your brand.

— Dec. 2: Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

— $190. Includes lunch and course material. Enroll in section 112VIT202.

To request more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881 or visit our website: www.extension.ucdavis.edu/winemaking