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- VINE Symposium focuses on vineyard pests and disease, March 6-7
- Wine industry welcome
- California's 2011 vintage was riddled with pest and disease problems.
- 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.
Wine industry welcome
The meeting is targeted to address Central Coast wine grape production issues but the curriculum benefits anyone working in any wine region. VINE participants can earn PCA, CCA and Ag Waiver continuing education units, enjoy great networking opportunities and learn about viticulture products and services from vendors from around the state at the tradeshow.
The VINE Showcase will feature up to 40 vendors including nurseries, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, as well as a wide variety of vineyard-related service providers, professional service providers and more. The VINE Showcase will be open throughout the meeting and there will be a VINE Showcase reception featuring live music and a regional wine tasting on Tuesday, March 6 from 4 - 7 p.m.
The VINE Symposium was developed and is hosted by Precision Ag Consulting - a Paso Robles-based vineyard production consulting company owned by Lowell J. Zelinski, Ph.D. and Becky Zelinski. Lowell Zelinski is a private consultant with more than 30 years experience in the agriculture industry. He has a doctorate in soil-plant-water relations and as a former University of California Extension agent and California State University professor, has spent much of his career researching issues and planning and directing educational meetings. Part of his company's mission is to provide education and training in viticulture, environmental monitoring, soil fertility and other topics related to the products and services the company provides. Becky Zelinski has a background in agricultural and educational marketing and public relations and 20 years experience in business administration.
Early registration rates begin at $129 per person and $159 after February 15, 2012. VINE Showcase and Wine Reception tickets are $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Registration includes workshop materials, tradeshow access, a welcome reception and meals during the meeting. Discounted accommodations are available at The Paso Robles Holiday Inn Express, the Paso Robles Courtyard Marriott, the Best Western Black Oak Motor Lodge and the La Quinta Inn & Suites. To register or for more information, call (805) 434-3331 or visit www.vinesymposium.com.