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July 22, 2016      

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Thank You 

CAWG wishes to thank all of the members who attended, the generous sponsors of the conference and golf tournament, and the exceptional speakers. Additional details will appear in the August issue of The Crush. CAWG is also hoping to post recordings and presentations from the speaker sessions on the website. 

2016 Leader of the Year Award:
Rich Smith and Smith Family Wines
L to R: Kacy Smith Fleming, Jennifer Murphy Smith, Jason Smith and Claudia Smith.

This award recognizes a grower whose record of exceptional leadership has benefitted California's wine industry and is an inspiration to others. The recipient has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to issues of significant importance to winegrape growers and has achieved lasting changes to promote and protect the interests of California winegrape growers. "I can proudly say that we were blessed to have had Rich as part of our CAWG family since the very beginning," said CAWG board chair Aaron Lange. "We are deeply honored to recognize Rich and the Smith Family with the 2016 Leader of the Year award." Claudia and Jason gave heartfelt and emotional remarks upon accepting the award.

2016 Grower of the Year Award
Jerry and Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches
L to R: Bruce Fry and Jerry Fry 

This award is bestowed to an individual, family or company that represents an outstanding example of excellence in viticulture and management. The recipient is an efficient and successful producer of quality winegrapes, recognized for innovation and leadership within the industry. " Thank you, Jerry and Bruce, for being leaders in the industry and for making a difference," said Aaron Lange. "It is our privilege to present both of you with the 2016 Grower of the Year award." After accepting the award, Jerry and Bruce touched on the history of CAWG, the important role it plays, and how the organization has had such a positive impact since it was founded in 1974.

Congressman Sam Farr Recognized by CAWG
Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) was the special guest at the Awards of Excellence dinner. He was honored with a plaque and a framed display of some of the most prominent wine brands in his district. Said CAWG board chair Aaron Lange, "Throughout his career, Mr. Farr has been an outstanding champion for California agriculture and the winegrape industry. Over the years, he and his staff have been instrumental in supporting the wine industry - by meeting with winegrape growers to fully understand our issues and challenges and then fighting for us on the national stage." 

Achieving Quality in the Mechanized Vineyard: Now and in the Future
This informative session explored current and future opportunities to mechanize and deliver on grape quality expectations at all price points.
-Doug Beck, Monterey Pacific
-James Kennedy, Constellation Brands
-Hal Huffsmith, Trinchero Family Estates

Protecting the Newly Established Vineyard from Viruses
This session highlighted information and practices for protecting the young vineyard from detrimental viruses like grapevine leafroll-associated viruses and red blotch.
-Deborah Golino, Foundation Plant Services
-Neil McRoberts, UC Davis Plant Pathology
-Garrett Buckland, Premiere Viticultural Services

Wine Market Update and Trends
This session provided timely information on current market conditions and trends for winegrapes and wine. Speakers provided their latest insights on winegrape supply, wine prices and key trends heading into the 2016 harvest.
-Jon Moramarco, BW 166 LLC 
-Jeff Bitter, Allied Grape Growers

5th Annual CAWG PAC Fundraiser and Golf Tournament
Wednesday was an absolutely perfect day for golf at the Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey! Dozens of CAWG members and guests enjoyed the friendly competition. Following the four-person scramble was a wine social and awards ceremony. Thank you for supporting the CAWG PAC!

AB 1066: Contact Legislators in Their District Offices Soon 

Next week is the final week of the legislative summer recess, which means legislators are still in their district offices. This is a great time for CAWG members to visit with their legislators locally and express your opposition to AB 1066 (the resurrected ag overtime bill). 

Missed the CAWG Webinars? Listen to the Recordings

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Grape Day at Fresno State 

AUG. 2 / 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Grape Day is an informal workshop and field day at Fresno State for grape growers, managers, winemakers and winery personnel. The program includes updates and practical presentations on current grape and wine topics. Other features include tours of Fresno State vineyards, the grape and wine facilities, and the Jordan Agricultural Research Center. Advance registration by July 28 is $20.

FREE California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Webinars 

Sustainable self-assessment and certification webinars
JULY 27 / 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
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AUG. 19: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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