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October 20, 2016

November 10-11, 2016
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Santa Rosa

November 15, 2016
Webinar: Crop Insurance

November 16, 2016
Webinar: Winegrape Grower's Guide to Solar

January 24-26, 2017
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento

January 25, 2017
WGA Leadership Luncheon, Sacramento

February 8-9, 2017
CAWG Leadership Forum, Sacramento

March 15, 2017
CAWG Winegrape Day in the Capitol, Sacramento

March 15, 2017
CWGGF Wine Reception, Sacramento

March 16, 2017
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Sacramento

May 7-9, 2017
National Grape & Wine Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. 

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Unified Registration Opens on Oct. 25   
Online registration and lodging will open on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. PT. If you prefer to register by phone, the call center will be open on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) and then from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday until Jan. 17, 2017. For questions about Unified, call (888) 559-9530 or (781) 688-8229 or send an email to

** If you are a CAWG member and have not received your Unified code, please contact the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 **

The daily schedule and detailed program information for the symposium were posted this week. Click the link to see the outstanding ineup of sessions and speakers.

Wine, Winegrape Projects Garner USDA Specialty Crop Grants

California received more than $22 million in federal grant funding from the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The funds are provided by USDA annually through the farm bill. CDFA will fund 72 projects, including six that have a wine or winegrape focus. CDFA is also introducing fixed amount awards for projects addressing two urgent priorities: helping farmers meet Food Safety Modernization Act standards and helping them adapt to the drought with methods that reduce water use or improve efficiency.
Project Abstracts:
-California Sustainable Table - A Marketing Program for California Wine and Specialty Crops

-Boosting Livermore Valley Winegrape Growers' Sales Through Promotional Campaign Leveraging California Grown Identity

-Delicious California: Chardonnay and Strawberries, a Perfect Pair

-Zinfandel: Stories of America's Heritage Grape

-Understanding and Controlling Ice Nucleating Bacteria to Prevent Frost in Vineyards

-Developing and Applying Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sequester Carbon, and Improve Soil Health

Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Ag Companies Oppose Measure M

Measure M, the anti-GMO measure that would ban farmers from growing GMO crops, is up for vote in Sonoma County next month. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau's website features a No on Measure M page with details about the measure, supporters, a GMO Q&A, and a report from UC Cooperative Extension to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (Report on Impact of Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance).

Faceoff: Clinton, Trump Ag Advisors Debate at D.C. Forum

Surrogates for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump convened Oct. 19 for a Farm Foundation-hosted forum about food and farm issues. Former USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan represented Clinton while Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis represented Trump. The two debated about the farm bill, regulations, WOTUS, immigration, H-2A visa program, taxes and the Trans Pacific Partnership.


The Wine Institute released a harvest season wrap-up, including quotes and notes from about 20 growers and winemakers throughout the state.
Wine Institute, Oct. 19
Jackson Family Wines is the first winery to receive the Green Power Partner of the Year award.
Wine Business, Oct. 17
Updates from 13 wineries.
St. Helena Star, Oct. 15
Positive reports from several California growing regions.
Wines and Vines, Oct. 13
TTB labeling rules allow use of an AVA from another state on the label as long as 85 percent of the grapes were grown in that AVA and the wine is sold only within the state in which it was produced. (CAWG mentioned in article)
Forbes, Oct. 13

DWR Posts Final Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

The final 2016 modifications to California's groundwater basin boundaries have been released by the California Department of Water Resources ( press release). The modifications set the stage for local agencies to bring their groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Most of the modifications were made to Central Valley basins and include refinements reflecting waterways, county lines and geologic information.

State Water Board Seeks  Comments  on Draft Science Report for Sacramento River and Delta Flow Requirements

The State Water Resources Control Board has released a working draft Scientific Basis Report for fisheries and flows in the Sacramento River and Bay-Delta. The report is the second phase of the State Water Board's update of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The first phase, released on Sept. 15, recommended increased flows to the lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries.

Water Articles and Resources

Manteca-area farmers voted to oppose a state proposal to permanently allow more water to remain in the Stanislaus River to protect fish.
Stockton Record, Oct. 14
New requirements for measuring and reporting surface water diversions take effect Jan. 1. Farmers attended workshops in Sacramento to ask questions about the new rules.
Ag Alert, Oct. 12

CAWG Regional Wine Reception and Dinner

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Join the CAWG board of directors and staff for a wonderful evening of wine, food and socializing at the Regional Wine Reception and Dinner on Nov. 10. The event will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa - reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.
REGISTER ONLINE: If you are a CAWG member and would like to register online,  click here. Please call the office at 916-379-8995 for member ID and password.
REGISTER USING FORM: click here for form.  

Shop AmazonSmile: An Easy Way to Support the CAWG Foundation

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the CAWG Foundation, at no extra cost to you.  When you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the foundation . Eligible products are marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. 

Webinar: Crop Insurance
An important part of your 2017 planning process is risk management of your crop. CAWG is hosting a webinar about the Federal Crop Insurance Program. Presenting will be Greg Merrill, senior vice president and director of crop insurance services with Pan American Insurance Agency, Inc.  Topics will include:
  • What's covered and not covered?
  • How do I sign up?
  • How do I file a claim?
  • Can I insure to my winery contract price?
  • 101: Crop insurance policy basics
  • How much is really subsidized? 
WHEN:  Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.
CONTACT:  CAWG Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins at or 916.379.8995.

Webinar: Winegrape Grower's Guide to Solar
CAWG is hosting a webinar discussing the benefits of solar in vineyard and wineries and the process of going solar. Presenting will be Daryl Franks, western area sales manager with SunPower.  Participants will learn:

  • How to determine if solar is right for you.
  • What financing options are available, including grants, low-interest loans as well as tax credits for qualified customers.
  • How to evaluate solar technologies and partners.
WHEN: NOV. 16 / 11 a.m. to noon
CONTACT:  CAWG Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins at or 916.379.8995.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Genomics Breakthrough Paves Way for Climate-Tolerant Varieties 
From UC Davis News: A new sequencing technology, combined with a new computer algorithm that can yield detailed information about complex genomes of various organisms, has been used to produce a high-quality draft genome sequence of cabernet sauvignon. UCD plant geneticist Dario Cantu said, "The new process provides rapid access to genetic information that cabernet sauvignon has inherited from both its parents, enabling us to identify genetic markers to use in breeding new vines with improved traits." Funding was provided by J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines.

New Troubles From the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter 
An article in the October issue of CAPCA Adviser covers some history of GWSS in California vineyards, Pierce's disease (PD) outbreaks, control programs and monitoring, and the current situation. "Over the last few years, troubling trends have emerged suggesting a resurgence in Pierce's disease severity in several major grape-growing regions of the state," wrote Matt Daugherty, an associate Cooperative Extension specialist at UC Riverside. He wrote about the importance of renewing efforts to manage the vector and disease through PD management, vine roguing, vegetation management and vector control.

PD/GWSS Board Meeting

The next joint meeting of the PD/GWSS Board and the PD Advisory Task Force is next Monday. See agenda for details about the meeting and speakers.
WHEN: Oct. 24 / 10 a.m.

WHERE: Fresno County Dept. of Agriculture, 1720 S. Maple Ave., Fresno (Demo room in building 400),

UCCE Seminar: Vineyard Pest and Disease Management

UC Cooperative Extension is holding a seminar featuring more than a dozen UC speakers covering a range of important vineyard pest and disease management topics. It is approved for 4.5 hours DPR CE units (CCA units applied for).
WHEN:  Nov. 4 / 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

COST:  $100 per person (includes refreshments and lunch)

UCD Viticulture and Enology: On the Road in Madera County

UC Davis is starting its 2016-17 On the Road educational events next month in Madera. Advance registration is required.
WHEN: Nov. 16 / 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hampton Inn and Suites, 3254 Airport Dr., Madera

COST: $30 per person (includes light breakfast and lunch)