The California 2011 vintage was riddled with pest and disease problems. But lessons can be learned from these challenges. Turning this difficult year into a learning opportunity will be the focus of the 2012 Central Coast VINE Symposium: "Learning from Adversity — a focus on vineyard pest and disease management." The third annual meeting will be held March 6-7, 2012 at The Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, Calif.

"We can't predict the future but we can learn from the past," said VINE meeting director Lowell Zelinski. "Knowing how to prepare for pest and disease problems or deal with damage control after the fact is valuable, relevant information. Keeping VINE focused on hot topics and what's important is what has made the meeting successful."

Zelinski is a former University of California Extension agent and has modeled the meeting after short courses and meetings he has produced in the past. Now in its third year, the Central Coast VINE Symposium is recognized as a valuable resource for wine grape growers from all over the Golden State. It's the only conference and tradeshow in California focused solely on wine grape production and the only one held on the Central Coast. Its mission is to provide growers, consultants and vineyard managers with production information to help them optimize yields, improve quality, decrease production costs and stay abreast of new technologies and techniques.

The 2012 meeting will include two full days of sessions presented by a variety of industry experts. The practical, hands-on topics will be addressed by viticulturists, industry experts, researchers, educators, growers and vineyard managers. VINE provides information on applied rather than theoretical practices and technologies that can be used in day-to-day wine grape management. Topics will include production and management, pest and disease management, irrigation and water management and industry updates.