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U.S. Wine Exports Down by 3%
 
01.30.2015
 
2014 results slow after growth in 2013, reports Wine Institute
 
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Italian producers of Primitivo have started promoting their wine under the name Zinfandel in Sweden, using a ‘Wild West’ theme that advertises their use of American oak barrels for aging. Officials from the (California) Wine Institute believe the practice is misleading to customers.
Napa, Calif.—U.S. wine exports hit a record high of $1.56 billion in 2013, up 16% from 2012 (and up from $621 million a decade ago). However, exports were down 3% to $1.386 billion for the 11 months through November 2014, due at least partially to a rising dollar and port slowdown.
 
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Pierce's Disease Assessment Vote Approaches
 
01.29.2015
 
Referendum ballots will be mailed to California growers March 30
 
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Funds raised from the assessment on wine grape sales has led to the development of grapevines that are resistant to Pierce's disease (above). Photo source: University of California
Sacramento, Calif.—California wine grape growers will be voting in April via a referendum on whether or not to continue the assessment they have paid annually since 2001 to fund programs and activities of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board. The 15-member board advises the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on use of the assessment funds for research, monitoring and control efforts to stop the spread of Pierce’s disease (PD) and its primary vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS). Approval of the referendum will extend the assessment and board programs five years (until March 1, 2021). Legislation has required grapegrowers to vote to continue the assessment every five years, which they have done twice: in 2005 and 2010. Legislation authorizing this year’s referendum, Assembly Bill 1642, was passed in 2014, supported by Family Winemakers of California, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and Wine Institute.
 
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December 2014 $776 million
3%
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5%
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December 2014 $166 million
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229
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December 2013 122 200
     
 
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