March 2016 Newsletter
Momentum Set for 2016 – Tickets Now Available
LCWC is excited to announce a prestigious lineup of speakers for Momentum 2016, including Jim Gordon of Wines & Vines and Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine. This popular wine industry seminar is presented annually for Lake County winegrape growers, wineries, and individuals interested in the industry. Tickets for this year’s event are now available online.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport.
- Get the latest news on the supply/demand for Lake County winegrapes
- Learn from wine media luminaries as they discuss what it takes to build a wine region
- Examine the growth of and opportunity for Lake County Sauvignon Blanc
- Discuss issues and resources with statewide industry leaders
- Catch up with wine industry colleagues over wine and hors d’oeuvres
Note to Lake County winegrape growers: We recently emailed you a promotional code allowing you to register for free. Please contact the LCWC office if you missed that email.
LCWC Ballots for Board Election Due March 31
Lake County winegrape growers will cast votes for four seats on the Lake County Winegrape Commission Board of Directors in this year’s Board election.
Ballots were mailed to eligible growers on March 15. Growers who produced and marketed more than 25 tons of winegrapes in the preceding marketing season (harvest 2014) are eligible to vote.
Completed ballots must be submitted by March 31 to the auditing firm of Pehling & Pehling CPAs for tabulation. The results are then certified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Current Developments in Vineyard Mechanization & Precision Management
On April 22, the UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology will present its first V&E Extension program focused on the most current research in various vineyard mechanization and precision management systems. Topics include:
- Vineyard mechanization for both large and small scale growers
- Impact of commercial grape production practices, such as mechanization, on resultant winegrape and wine composition
- Single-vine irrigation to address variability in vineyards
- Precision delineation of soil properties in vineyards
- Spot spraying using drones in vineyards
California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Offers Scholarships to Growers’ Children
The California Wine Grape Growers Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are employees of California winegrape growers. Details and the application form are available on the Foundation’s web site, www.cwggf.org.
For additional information, call the Foundation office at (916) 379-8999. Application deadline is March 25, 2016.
Discounted Tickets for Business Journal Conference
The Business Journal is offering a discounted price to its Annual Wine Industry Conference. Tickets are normally $95, but LCWC members may receive a $20 discount. If you’re interested, act quickly. This event is selling out fast.
Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa (map)
The conference will focus on the “What’s driving mergers & acquisitions?” and “The move to diversify.” Panelists include Carol Collision of Global Wine Partners; Robert Nicholson of International Wine Associates; Pat Roney of Vintage Wine Estates; Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards; Derek Benham of Purple Wine+Spirits and Oren Lewin of WX.
‘Growers First’ Initiative Blossoms at Vintage Nurseries
Vintage Nurseries recently invited growers within the industry to respond to a special survey to identify their future planting needs. It’s just one example of the company’s ongoing “Growers First” initiative to solidify Vintage’s relationship with its client base.
Other efforts include $4 million in renovations and improvements on the Vintage property, including a state-of-the-art testing lab, a new drainage and water reclamation system, a new shade house, and the new Vintage Root Sock. In addition, a $25 million greenhouse complex with capacity for 8 million vines is now under construction and scheduled for completion later this year. Read More
PG&E Helps Ag Customers Find Drought Solutions
California’s prolonged and near-record-setting drought is taking a severe toll on one of the state’s biggest economic drivers – agriculture. Farmers from Chico to Bakersfield are fallowing fields, and ranchers are selling off herds or leaving the business altogether. PG&E is working with its agricultural customers to find solutions to lessen the impacts of the drought.
PG&E recognizes the critical nature of the agriculture industry in this state and the effect drought is having on agriculture customers, said Pat Mullen, Central Coast region director for PG&E. “We are doing everything we can to help support and mitigate the impacts to these customers.” Read More
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