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November/December 2014

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News Flash – Wine Industry News Briefs

October 27, 2014

Gov. Brown Signs Groundwater Legislation

On Sept. 16, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed historic legislation that allows local agencies to tailor sustainable groundwater plans to their regional economic and environmental needs. The three bills signed by the Governor (AB 1739 and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319) create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California history.

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Web Exclusives

Nov. 24, 2014

Waiting the Hardest Part for Paso Robles AVA Petition
J. Lohr CEO Steve Lohr explains the challenges and payoffs of waiting seven years

By Tina Caputo

On Oct. 7, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved 11 new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within California’s existing Paso Robles viticultural area. At 614,000 acres, Paso Robles was previously California’s largest un-subdivided AVA. Speaking at the Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles on Nov. 8, Steve Lohr, chairman and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and former chairman of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, explained the challenges of the TTB application process. From the time of submission, it took seven years for Paso’s petition to gain approval. Click here to read more

 

October 21, 2014

Wine Still Dope in Colorado and Washington State
But will sales slump with the legalization of recreational marijuana?

By Jennifer Strailey

Coloradoans like wine, consuming 24% more, or 3.1 gallons per capita annually vs. the national average of 2.5 gallons. But many of them also like weed. According to the state Department of Revenue, recreational marijuana dispensaries garnered more than $14 million in sales in just the first month after legalization. Will access to recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington state cause the thriving wine economies in those states to go to pot? Click here to read more.

 

October 15, 2014

Lessons from the Global Wine Wars
Wine economist Mike Veseth identifies factors that will shape the future of the U.S. wine industry

By Deborah Parker Wong

In addressing the 23rd annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium, held on Sept. 23 at the Napa Valley Marriott, wine economist Mike Veseth presented a 30,000-foot view of both short- and longer-term scenarios that could spell boom or bust for domestic winegrowers and producers. Armed with the latest industry data courtesy of Nielson, as well as Rabobank and feedback from his popular blog, WineEconomist.com, he provided attendees with insights into the current state of the global wine industry. Veseth tackled the broad topic by breaking down his insights in to three areas of interest: the economy, salient trends and the ever-shrinking supply chain. Click  to read more.

 

October 1, 2014

Washington State Vintners Gauge Future Labor Force
Industry will require 6,500 new workers by 2018

By Gary Werner

Washington state grapegrowers and winemakers are justifiably proud of their impressive trajectory during the past decade. Vineyard area has nearly doubled to almost 50,000 acres, and bonded winery numbers have more than tripled to over 800. But industry leaders are curious about whether they can sustain such growth. Are there enough skilled workers coming down the training pipeline?  To answer that question, a consortium of the state’s agricultural colleges hired Prosser-based Agri-Business Consultants to complete an industry-wide employment and educational needs assessment – the first since 2001.
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September 12, 2014

Tax Relief for Earthquake-Affected Wineries
Federal and state aid approved for Napa businesses

By Michael Ricioli, Moss Adams Wine Tax Partner; and Renee Bartlett, Moss Adams State and Local Tax Senior Manager

And now it’s also caused federal action: On September 11, following urging from Governor Brown and local officials, President Obama issued a disaster declaration for the state of California, releasing several federal aid measures and a few key federal (on top of existing state) tax relief provisions that could help winery and vineyard owners recover. Let’s take a look at the assistance now available. Click to read more.

 

September 8, 2014

Napa Rebuilds Following Earthquake
Recovery ongoing for wineries and workers

By Tim Teichgraeber

Reporters heard two resounding sentiments in the two weeks following the sobering 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Napa in the early hours of Aug 24. While national news media painted a picture of widespread disaster, locals pointed out that the situation could have been a lot worse. And instead of helplessly waiting for government aid to arrive, the community swiftly rose to the challenge of recovery. Click to read more.

 

July 22, 2014

Large California Harvests Create Capacity Crush
Tank and barrel suppliers turn away orders

By Sean P. Sullivan

With California coming off two record harvests in 2012 and 2013 and cluster counts this year indicating another large crop, many businesses are feeling the squeeze – stainless steel tank producers in particular. “We've been asked to fabricate three times our normal capacity each of the last three years, and we've been maxed out on orders earlier and earlier each year,” said Scott Dapelo of Quality Stainless Tanks in Windsor, Calif. Dapelo said that it has been impossible to keep up with demand. Click to read more.

 

July 7, 2014

Experts Predict Tech Trends
Annual wine technology conference separates fads from trends

By Tina Caputo

At the annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium, held June 30-July 1 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, technology and beverage industry experts gathered to explore the many ways in which tech is moving businesses forward. But as technology speeds ahead, with a constant stream of new devices and applications calling for attention, how can wineries tell the trends from the fads?
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June 24, 2014

Cornell's Terry Bates Earns ASEVs First Extension Distinction Award
Researcher recognized at National Conference in Austin, Texas

By David Falchek

Commitment and a common touch helped Dr. Terry Bates, senior research associate at Cornell University, earn the American Society of Enology and Viticulture's (ASEV) first Extension Distinction Award. Dr. Bates receives the award at the ASEV's 2014 National Conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, in recognition for developing a system to mechanically prune vines to meet seasonal conditions and attain balance. Click to read more.

 

More articles:

Oregon Winegrowers Combat Herbicide Drift
Growers association hopes to raise awareness through signage
By Sean P. Sullivan
Click to read more.

CDFA Secretary Addresses California Drought Issue
Karen Ross calls for increased conservation, groundwater management

By Rayne Wolfe
Click to read more

Wine Executives Told to Look to Other Industries for Innovation
UC Davis Wine Executive Program examines winery and vineyard of the future
By Ted Rieger
Click to read more.

Growers and Vintners Gather for Oregon Wine Symposium
Hot topics include water management, capitalizing on Oregon Wine Month
By Susan G. Hauser
Click to read more.

Chardonnay in Focus at Washington Grape Grower conference
Changing perceptions of the state’s most-produced grape variety 
By Sean P. Sullivan
Click to read more.

 



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