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January 7, 2016      

January 26-28
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento
January 27
Winegrape Growers of America Leadership Luncheon, Sacramento
March 15
CAWG Board of Directors meeting and CWGGF Wine Reception, Sacramento 

March 16
CAWG Day in the Capitol, Sacramento 

May 22-24 
2016 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference, Washington, DC

July 20
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament and Awards of Excellence Program, Monterey 

July 21
CAWG Speaker Program, Monterey
CAWG Summer Conference, Monterey

July 22
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Monterey
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AB 1513: Piece-Rate Legislation Webinar for CAWG Members
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Join CAWG on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. for a one-hour webinar on the new law regarding piece-rate wages. Presenting will be attorneys Elizabeth Stallard and Anna Padgett from the Employment Group at Downey Brand LLP. The webinar is for members only. If you aren't a member, contact for more information.
>REGISTER: Call the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 or email for the registration link.

>AB 1513 INFO: click here 

Assemblymember Dodd to Lead Agriculture Committee
Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins to chair the Assembly Agriculture Committee, effective Jan. 4. He replaces Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno), who resigned his seat at the end of 2015. Dodd represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano and Colusa counties.
>NEWS RELEASE: click here
State's Cumulative Water Savings - Update 
Californians have reduced water use by 26.3 percent in the six months since emergency conservation regulations took effect in June, continuing to meet Gov. Brown's 25 percent mandate despite a decline in the statewide water-savings rate for the last two months.
>NEWS RELEASE: click here
National Grape and  Wine  Initiative Seeks New President 
John Aguirre, CAWG president and NGWI board chair, recently appointed Kathleen Nave of the California Table Grape Commission and Vicky Scharlau of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers to co-chair a search committee seeking the next NGWI president. Established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), NGWI is a nationwide coalition of grape and wine producers, grape processors and allied industry members, established to identify, prioritize and support the research needs of the U.S. grape industry. NGWI represents and serves all segments of the industry including raisin, juice, table and wine grapes. NGWI members include growers, processors and wineries, as well as representatives of academic institutions and federal research agencies committed to advancing the grape industry.
>TO APPLY: Qualified persons should email a resume, cover letter and salary history before Feb. 5 to
>JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: click here  
Meeting to Discuss Changes to Grapevine Registration and Certification Program
When: Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
This is a regional scoping meeting to discuss proposals for changes to the Grapevine Registration and Certification Program regulations. The purpose is to speak with local growers about the program and proposed changes, and to hear comments regarding potential changes to the regulations.
Promote Your Business at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is the wine and grape industry's premier gathering - and an ideal opportunity to promote your business! Sponsorship and advertisement opportunities are still available for the Jan. 26-28 event.
Benefits to sponsoring/advertising: Banners and signs proclaim your presence. Print and online ads showcase your product. Item-specific sponsorships increase your brand visibility. Sponsorship and advertising create an immediate connection for attendees.
>DETAILS: Visit the Unified website and click on the sponsorship/advertising link. Or contact Jenny Devine at or (916) 379-8995.
2016 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards
California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are due Feb. 5. The awards are presented by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team. More than a dozen regional winery and winegrowing association partners are also involved.
>APPLY: click here

CAWG Staff Update
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Following the hiring of Director of Government Relations Tyler Blackney in September and  Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins in December ( news release), CAWG has hired Meredith Rehrman Ritchie as a freelancer to produce our weekly eNews, The Crush newsletter and other communication projects. Ritchie previously spent 12 years as writer/editor for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. Since 1999 she has also done work for Elysian Fields Public Relations, whose client is Dow AgroSciences. 
California enters new year with a larger snowpack / Ag Alert, Jan. 6 /  article 
The big wine lie / The Washington Post, Jan. 6 /  article 
El Nino "storm train" may quadruple California rainfall / Bretibart News, Jan. 4 /  article 
U.S. restaurant wine sales still hostage to 2008 economic meltdown / Forbes, Jan. 4 /  article 
Flooding farmland seen as groundwater solution / Porterville Recorder, Jan. 4 /  article 
Starbucks in Arroyo Grande could add wine, beer to nighttime menu / The Tribune, Jan. 4 /  article 
Supervisors to resume talks about winery rules / Napa Valley Register, Jan. 2 /  article 
Lawmakers look Down Under to help state get over the drought / San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 1 /  article 
Local wine mogul Richard Smith dies / The Californian, Dec. 31 /  article 
An insider's guide to weird wine words / The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 31 /  article

Your wine may have more alcohol than you think / Yahoo Health, Dec. 31 / article 
Digital mapping could help growers improve vineyard management plans / Growing Produce, Dec. 29 /  article 
Noble calling: Scientists studying Botrytis rot discover link to wine grape ripeness / Wine Spectator, Dec. 29 /  article 
California Water 2.0: What's Next for the California Water Action Plan?
When: Jan. 14
Where: Sacramento Convention Center
Details/registration:  ACWA
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is partnering with the Brown Administration to present "California Water 2.0: What's Next for the California Water Action Plan?" The full-day briefing will highlight what has been accomplished to date in the California Water Action Plan and what needs to move ahead next to maximize investments and create a more resilient water system for California. Speakers will include top-level administration officials, stakeholders and others. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.