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CA Groundwater Legislative Update from CAWG

California State Legislature never ceases to keep growers on their toes with new proposals, laws & regulations coming down the pipeline — many of which are detrimental to our agricultural industry, but with all the confusion of the evolving legislation pending in Sacramento with regards to groundwater management, it’s great to have organizations like the California Association of Winegrape Growers …

Kathryn Hall Elected to CA Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

The California Wine Institute unanimously elected Vintner Kathryn Hall to the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Board of Directors effective December 2017. The CSWA Board of Directors is made up of winegrowers representing both vineyards and wineries. CSWA is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2003 by The Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to develop and promote …

Red Blotch Detected on Russell Ranch Grapevines

20-Dec-17 Deborah Golino, Director: Foundation Plant Services On December 20, 2017, Foundation Plant Services (FPS) announced that Grapevine Red Blotch Disease, caused by Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV), has been found in the Russell Ranch Vineyard (RRV). All affected vines (only five of 4,132 vines in RRV tested positive for GRBV) have been removed and destroyed. FPS is carefully monitoring …

Congress Passes First Wine Excise Tax Reduction in 80 Years

Historic Legislation Will Provide Significant Benefits and Reduce the Federal Excise Tax Burden on All Wineries Washington, D.C. — Wine Institute applauds the Congressional action to enact the first reduction in wine excise taxes in over 80 years and only the second reduction in the nation’s history. The comprehensive tax legislation (H.R. 1) passed by the House and Senate includes a …

State of the North Coast Wine Industry with the Ciatti Co

At American Vineyard’s Sonoma Grape Expo, growers enjoyed a great lineup of industry seminars, including the State of the North Wine Industry presentation given by the Ciatti Company and Allied Grape Growers. Watch this interview with Todd Azevedo for the main points of his presentation regarding the current economic health of the North Coast wine grape industry, and read the …

Positive Economic Trends Reflect well on CA Coastal Wine Industry

Despite the damaging fires of 2017, the California Wine Market continues to boom and benefit from positive economic trends, according to Jeff Bitter’s State of the Wine Grape Industry Report at the Sonoma Grape Expo. Watch this interview with Allied Grape Growers and read the full report in the January issue of American Vineyard Magazine.

Mealybug Management – In or Out of Sync

UC IPM Advisor David Haviland recently shared some tips on mealybug control. The goal is to lower mealybug populations, prevent movement, protect the cluster and keep the vines compatible for biocontrol (especially postharvest). Some insecticides effective against vine mealybug include: Chlorpyrifos (delayed-dormant treatment), Buprofezin (best against crawlers), Spirotetramat (foliar applied/systemic in the phloem and xylem), and Neonicotinoids (some soil, some …

USDA-ARS Oregon Perspective on Managing Powdery Mildew

What the mildew? A perspective on another challenging year managing powdery mildew Dr. Walt Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS Horticulture Crops Research Unit There has been a lot of talk this season about powdery mildew pressure that has been difficult to manage. It might be easy to write off mildew management problems to fungicide resistance, since both FRAC 3 (DMI) …

Winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery to Keynote at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

SACRAMENTO, CA, November 20, 2017 – Third generation winegrower and artisan winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on opening day of the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, January 23, in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand. “As a member of one of America’s historic winemaking families, Gina embodies a …

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