Western Farm Press wine raffle for CAPCA scholarship

For the fourth year in a row, Western Farm Press will raffle off a large, etched-label bottle of wine at the annual California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) Conference and Expo to benefit the CAPCA scholarship fund.

Western Farm Press Booth P503

The annual conference will be held Oct. 28-30, at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel and Casino in Sparks, Nev.

Some $6,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund since Western Farm Press began raffling special, one-of-a-kind etched jeroboams of California wine to commemorate CAPCA's conferences at the association's 30th anniversary conference.

This year's wine is 2004 Venti Tre Anni from Castoro Cellars, Paso Robles, Calif.

It is a jeroboam of the winery's special blend anniversary series. Castoro owner, Niels Udsen, calls it a wine “full of ripe fruit and dark berry aromas with a full body. It is designed to age well to be enjoyed with hearty entrees.” The blend is 30 percent Merlot, 27 percent Zinfandel, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 percent Petite Sirah, 6 percent Petite Verdot, and 5 percent Malbec.

It is valued at more than $700.

All proceeds from the conference raffle are donated to the CAPCA scholarship fund.

The wine label is etched in gold in one side of the bottle. The others side is etched with the conference logo and date. Ginger Hawkins of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., was commissioned by Western Farm Press to etch the bottle.

This year's CAPCA conference theme is “Roots to the Future.” More than 1,000 pest control advisers and others associated with California agriculture are expected to attend to hear a wide array of speakers discussing issues ranging from PCA licensing requirements to agricultural sustainability to E. coli containment and best management practices.

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