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ROC-Sonoma and SCWTG Announce Keynote Speaker


Noted Sommelier Chris Sawyer to open inaugural ROC-Sonoma Regional Meeting

Rescue, CA, June 3, 2019 – The Sonoma regional chapter of the non-profit Research Oenovation Collective, ROC-Sonoma, along with the Sonoma County Wine Technical Group will host a meeting for wine industry professionals.

Noted Sommelier Chris Sawyer has been engaged as the keynote speaker and will open the meeting.

The initial ROC-Sonoma meeting will kick-off at 5PM at the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Ag Pavilion at 7450 Steve Olson Lane in Forestville, with a catered social hour featuring Smokehouse BBQ on the Ag Pavilion patio overlooking scenic Shone Farm.  

The social hour will be followed by the keynote address delivered by Sommelier Chris Sawyer, then a technical tasting of a trial presented by Sonoma-Cutrer winemaker Cara Morrison and a presentation by Peter Salamone introducing ROC-Sonoma as an organization and describing the ROC trials which will be supported throughout 2019. All interested parties are encouraged to attend, please RSVP to ROC CEO Peter Salamone at [email protected] or by calling (707) 799-9463.

The ROC is led by CEO Peter Salamone, driven by the ROC wine industry members, guided by an outstanding technical advisory committee and supported by industry sponsors and the ROC board of directors. In a unanimous vote at a meeting of the SCWTG board of directors, it was agreed that the SCWTG will merge with the ROC becoming ROC-Sonoma and will begin scheduling and holding regular meetings for wine industry professionals. Like all regional chapters of the ROC, ROC-Sonoma will meet five times yearly outside of harvest months.

From SCWTG Board members David Douglas and Matt Flick, “We are happy to team up with the ROC to continue the founding mission of the Sonoma County Wine Tech Group. We expect the ROC to bring a renewed focus on collaborative innovation with production-oriented, winery-based research. The ROC presents a unique opportunity for our members to benefit from the Collective’s knowledge base and activities throughout the West Coast to deliver new and interesting topics relevant to Sonoma County’s winemaking community.”

ROC CEO Peter Salamone says, “The ROC will develop and contribute to regularly scheduled regional ROC member meetings where members, partners, advisors and invited experts will deliver timely seminar and round table presentations on topics of interest.”

Membership in the ROC is open to any individual, corporation or other business entity engaged in operation and/or manufacture of; wine, winemaking products, processing technology, research or technical development. While not required for attending this meeting, participants are encouraged to pre-register as ROC members on-line at www.rocwine.org/join-us/, register on-site or simply come and check out the festivities.  In addition, ROC sponsorship opportunities are available.

About the Research Oenovation Collection

The Research Oenovation Collective, the ROC, is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation registered with the State of California which administers an applied research platform for the wine industry and operates throughout winegrowing regions across North America. ROC regional chapters are developing in California (Paso-SLO, Sonoma, Napa, Lodi and Foothills regions), Oregon, Virginia and Washington. Expansion is planned throughout 2019 and 2020. For information about your specific region or to inquire about any membership or sponsorship opportunities please contact the ROC by visiting our website at www.rocwine.org, email us at [email protected] or call (707) 799-9463 (WINE). Peter Salamone can be reached directly at [email protected].

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