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Events. launches training campus. (Events), e-learning hospitality, food service and culinary Web sites, launched its online wine training campus in partnership with Anita LaRaia Wine School, Inc., an Atlanta-based training company that specializes in wine training and certification. For more information, phone (866) 375-3276 or visit the Web site

SCGGA awards Warren G. Dutton, Jr. and family.

The Sonorna County Grape Growers Association (SCGGA) awarded the Viticulture of Excellence award to the Dutton family in May. The late Warren Dutton was a founding member of the SCGGA, and the Dutton family was one of the first to grow Chardonnay and Pinot noir in western Sonoma County.

Legacy Estates buys Washington's Gordon Brothers Cellars.

In May, Gordon Brothers owner Jeff Gordon announced the sale of the winery to Legacy Estates, a parent company of Napa Valley's Freemark Abbey Winery. Gordon Brothers is Legacy's second acquisition. Steve Cousins, Legacy's COO, said his company acquired Gordon Brothers as part of its plan to develop a portfolio of small, premium wineries.

CAWG offers farm labor law guide.

For the third year in a row, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) asked the Farm Employers Labor Service to develop a summary of the labor law requirements for wine-grape growers. The guide is available free of charge to CAWG members or for $25 to nonmembers. To receive a copy of the guide, phone (800) 241-1800 or visit the Web site

SBCVA raises $229,000 at charity event.

The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association held its gala in early May and will contribute the auction earnings to Direct Relief International, a Santa Barbara-based humanitarian organization that provides medical assistance to victims of poverty, natural disasters and civil unrest throughout the world.

AIWF raises $165,000 at Wine & Lifestyle Auction.

The April event at San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton was a weekend-long celebration of the 90th birthday of American Institute of Wine & Food co-founder Julia Child. Top auction bids included $8,000 for a dinner at the home of Robert and Margrit Mondavi. AIWF works to promote a greater understanding of wine and food and an appreciation of the role of gastronomy in culture. For more information, phone (800) 274-AIWF.

New Walla Walla winery will specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grapes for the ultra-premium wines will come from Ken Harrison's 17.5 acre Heather Hill Vineyard. His winemaking partner is John Abbot, previously with Canon Ridge Vineyard in Washington state. The pair have not yet settled on a winery name.

Harvest celebration will be October 12 to 13.

The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (SBCVA) will host the 12th annual event at Rancho Sisquoc Winery. It will feature wine and food pairings, a silent auction, live music, barrel tasting and a show of fine art. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information and tickets, phone SBCVA at (805) 688-0881 or (800) 218-0881.

Wine South 2002 expects 6,000 attendees at new venue.

The festival of wine and food will be Sep. 28 and 29 at the Gwinnett Civic & Cultural Center north of Atlanta, Ga. Last year, attendance was about 4,000. For more information, phone (800) 224-6422 or visit the Web site

Organic viticulture congress will be in Victoria, B.C.

The 7th International Congress on Organic Viticulture and Wine will be held in Victoria, B.C., Canada, August 20-21. For more information, phone (250) 655-5652, e-mail or visit the Web site

Hospice du Rhone raised $187,400 for charity.

The 10th annual event in Paso Robles, Calif. in June celebrated the 22 varietals approved for production in the Rhone Valley of France, and culminated in a barrel auction. For more information phone Jim Kopp at (805) 459-7117.
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