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Mike Benziger honored at annual dinner

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To say the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) is dedicated to salmon is an understatement. Comprised of fishermen, businesses, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon, the GGSA restores and protects the ecosystems that the salmon rely on, especially waterways and Bay Area rivers where salmon spawn and swim.

This week, the GGSA hosts its second annual Salmon Celebration dinner and fundraiser which this year honors special guest winemaker and conservationist Mike Benziger. The managing general partner of the Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen, Benziger has long been known as a pioneering biodynamic farmer whose conservation and water-reuse practices are immensely valued in California's ongoing struggles with drought-strained agriculture. He is increasingly recognized on a national level, earning Benziger a National Resources Defense Council water steward award in 2010.

The salmon celebration dinner will feature Benziger family wines, cocktails, a silent and open auction and a chance to hear the latest news on the current state of affairs in the billion-dollar salmon industry, and how GGSA is trying to keep the industry strong in a water dependent region.

The Sonoma Salmon Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser takes place on Friday, March 13, at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. RSVP required. 5:30pm. $125. 855.251.4472.

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