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Grape Growers' Conference Set for April

LAS CRUCES--Vineyard management and wine making will be the focus of the New Mexico Grape Growers' and Wine Makers' Annual Conference, April 23-25 at the Holiday Inn Mountain View in Albuquerque.

"The conference is designed to help growers and wine makers maintain New Mexico's high-quality wines, said Esteban Herrera, horticulturist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "We have excellent wines in New Mexico, but we're always striving to maintain the quality."

Topics will include fertilizer, pruning and water management, Herrera said. "The effects of spring warming also will be discussed, as well as cold hardiness and varieties that can lessen the impact of the cold."

Vineyard management and wine-making panels also will address the effects of irrigation management on wine quality.

This year's conference will offer a special treat for amateurs, he said. Workshop participants can learn about all aspects of wine making and taste some quality wines for only $15.

"This means that anybody can come in and register for this workshop only," he said.

Before April 14, conference registration is $50 for members of the New Mexico Vine and Wine Society. The fee for nonmembers and late registration is $60. For more information, call Herrera at (505)646-2921 or Sherri Brueggemann at (505)255-3519.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this meeting, please contact Herrera by April 17.