Lender looks to reward winery innovations

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Bank of the West has created the Vintage Report Innovation Award and is looking for nominees. The award recognizes "innovation and experimentation in viticulture" and will fete top achievements during the 2013 vintage.

The honor will note groundbreaking methods, practices and approaches during the harvesting season. And, yes, the bank wants to honor wineries that practice sustainability.

Bank of the West is partnering on the effort with Fruition Sciences, a prominent industry conference.

Judges include Stagecoach Vineyard's Dr. Jan Krupp, Barbour Vineyards' Jim Barbour and Beckstoffer Vineyards' Andy Beckstoffer.

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