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October 12, 2017
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CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Lodi

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WINE COUNTRY WILDFIRES
Message from CAWG
 
CAWG is saddened by the loss of lives, structures and property due to the wildfires. We share our deepest sympathies with the thousands of people - including CAWG members and their families and employees - who have been and will be affected by this tragedy. We are grateful to the firefighters, first responders and community members who are helping to protect lives and property. 
 
"In the coming days, we will have a clearer picture of the extent of damage that has occurred to vineyards and wineries and the response needed to aid recovery," CAWG President John Aguirre said. "Until then, our thoughts and prayers go to all of those impacted by this unfolding disaster and to the men and women who are bravely battling these fires."
 
CAWG will work with members of the California congressional delegation, key federal officials and other wine industry organizations to ensure adequate resources are provided for disaster response and recovery efforts.


Helpful Resources
 
>CAWG sent an email to members on Oct. 10 with details on crop insurance claims, property loss claims and how to help those in the affected areas.

>20 fire damage insurance claims tips > WEBSITE
 
>Please read the Capitol Report below for state actions and resources.
 
>The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has a California wildfires disaster relief web page with important resources, including a waiver of excise tax penalties > WEBSITE
 
>CalChamber published "Things employers should know about emergencies and the workplace" with details about paying employees, leaves of absences for emergency personnel and having an emergency action plan.


UC Economists Provide Report on Impact of Wildfires on Wine Industry
 
Due to numerous inquiries about how the wildfires will affect the wine industry and wine and grape markets, University of California economists James Lapsley and Daniel Sumner today released a 3-page report on the situation. They touch on harvest, wineries, vineyards and smoke taint. They also highlight the impact on cabernet sauvignon grapes (10 percent may still be on the vine) in Napa and Sonoma counties.
 


Government Relations Capitol Report
 
Lives and businesses have been tragically turned upside down in the ongoing ravaging wildfires. In the coming weeks and months, CAWG will be working with the state Legislature and the Brown administration to provide needed relief and support that will help families and businesses rebuild.   
 
Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino, Lake, Yuba, Butte, Nevada and Orange counties. President Trump has also issued a major disaster declaration to support state and local response to the Northern California fires.
 
California's Office of Emergency Services has activated its State Operations Center and is coordinating closely with local, state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management needs. More information about the status of the fires, evacuation zones and emergency services can be found here.
 
Amid speculation (Mercury News article) that electric utilities damaged by 75 mph winds may have sparked some of the fires, the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety (chair: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo) is planning a public hearing to look into whether utilities are complying with state maintenance requirements.
 
Coincidentally, the Public Utilities Commission is meeting to address an issue related to three wildfires - the Witch, Guejito and Rice Fires - that occurred in Southern California in 2007. Today the PUC will hear a request from San Diego Gas & Electric to recover $379 million from ratepayers. This is a portion of SDGE's $2.4 billion in costs and legal fees spent to resolve more than 2,500 lawsuits arising from the 2007 wildfires. $1.1 billion was paid through liability insurance coverage in place at the time.

     
-- Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / 916-379-8995 
 
 
THE FRONT PAGE 
Economists Propose Alternative to Method Used in Grape Crush Report
 
Researchers at the Giannini Foundation for Agricultural Economics are proposing an alternative to the method used to compute average crush prices and the total value of the California winegrape crush in the Grape Crush Report. In an article in the September/October issue of ARE Update, the authors wrote in an abstract: " The method used to calculate average statewide returns per ton of winegrapes in the California Grape Crush Report understates the true total value of the crush significantly. We suggest an alternative method that will provide more accurate estimates."
 

 
INDUSTRY ARTICLES
 
WILDFIRES
 
CAWG members Craig Ledbetter and Karissa Kruse and UCCE's Kaan Kurtural interviewed.
Sacramento Bee, Oct. 11
 
CAWG member Nat DiBuduo provides an update based on conversations with growers.
Western Farm Press, Oct. 11
 
CAWG President John Aguirre quoted.
BBC News, Oct. 11
 
HARVEST
 
With temperatures favoring growth of powdery mildew spores earlier this season, pressure in his vineyards was higher than usual, requiring more preventive fungicide treatments than originally planned. CAWG member Duff Bevill is interviewed.
Western Farm Press, Oct. 11
 
Audio and text. Article features a zinfandel harvest with an Amador County grower. CAWG President John Aguirre is quoted.
Capital Public Radio, Oct. 9
 
CAWG members Benziger Family Winery and Hudson Vineyards are featured in the article.
NBC News, Oct. 7


UNIVERSITIES 
New Lab Paper on Effects of Mechanical Management and Irrigation
 
Excerpt the abstract: A field study was conducted in north-central San Joaquin Valley to deduce the interactive effects of irrigation and mechanical canopy management on the phenolic composition of grape and wine, and volatile compounds of the wines produced from syrah. The trial showed that precipitation can modulate the impact of cultural practices on grape and wine composition, and that lower irrigation amounts do not correspond to reduced wine quality even in the semi-arid and warm conditions of Central California.
 


RESOURCES 
DPR Posts New Chlorpyrifos Documents
 
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently posted the following documents:

Evaluation and Options for Interim Mitigation Measures to Reduce Acute Chlorpyrifos Exposure to Bystanders (link)

Chlorpyrifos Interim Recommended Permit Conditions (link). These recommendations apply to products containing chlorpyrifos labeled for the production of an agricultural commodity.
 


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UNIFIED SYMPOSIUM
Registration, Housing and Sponsorship Information
 
REGISTRATION & HOUSING OPEN OCT. 24 @ 9 A.M. PDT
Registration: up to a $200 discount (before Jan. 16) for CAWG members! Call Debby in the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 if you need your discount code. Hotels rooms go fast, so reserve as soon as housing opens!
 
SPONSORSHIPS & ADS
Tons of excellent opportunities! Now is the time to take advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities at Unified. North America's largest wine and grape industry event is an ideal way to promote your business and increase your visibility. Opportunities include banners, signs, print and online ads. For additional information, please visit the Unified website or contact Jenny Devine at (916) 379-8995. 



UPCOMING EVENTS
UCCE Seminar: Current Issues in Vineyard Health
 
Foundation Plant Services Director Deborah Golino will lead this seminar focusing on topics such as Pierce's disease, powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot diseases, and mealybugs and grapevine leafroll viruses.
 
When: Dec. 5 / 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis
Cost: $210 (includes materials and lunch)