Independent Grape Growers - Paso Robles Area
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2017 Harvest Hoedown

Celebrate the coming of harvest in the Paso Robles Wine Country

at the Third Annual 


August 5, 2017 (Paso Robles, California) – Wine grape harvest is just around the corner in the Paso Robles wine country. Traditionally, farmers held celebrations at the onset of harvest to help usher in a bountiful season. The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is bringing this time-honored tradition back with its 3rd Annual Harvest at The Loading Chute barn in Creston, California on August 5, 2017, from 6 pm – 10 pm.

The Harvest Hoedown is a good ol’ fashioned harvest celebration where many old customs are brought back to life. The event was developed to let local growers kick of a little steam and to help promote the burgeoning wine region.

2016 Harvest Hoedown

“The Harvest Hoedown is an opportunity for wine lovers and other guests to mix and mingle with local growers,” said IGGPRA president, Lowell Zelinski. “One of the missions of our organization is to promote local wine grape production and help educate the wine loving community about what we do. Events like this are rare opportunities for consumers to meet growers and see another side of the industry.”

There will be a wood-pit barbecue, barn dance and a pie baking contest that all guests are welcome to enter. Guests can also take part in a Wine Walk, which is a spin-off of cake walks that were held in yesteryears. Everyone can participate in the Wine Walk and have a chance to win wine or other prizes.

Winners of 2016 Fruit Pie Contest

To help set the scene, the event is held in the historic barn at The Loading Chute in Creston, California. The small country town with a population of 94 people is set in the Paso Robles wine region. It was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huehuero Mexican land grant, and now has its own defined AVA (American Viticulture Area) called the Creston District AVA. It has been home to celebrities such as Alex Trebek, Carrie Fisher and L. Ron Hubbard. The Loading Chute restaurant, where the event is being held, is a local, iconic favorite.

This year, guests can kick up their heels to the sounds of local favorites The Shawn Clark Family Band. They’ll be playing old and new country favorites. The barbecue includes tri-tip and chicken with all the fixin’s.

After dinner, guests can sample an array of pies entered in the pie baking contest. There are two categories: fruit and cream pies, and anyone can enter. The winners will be determined by popular vote. Complete details on entering the contest are on the website and you may enter when you purchase your tickets. Seating is limited and guests must be over the age of 21. Discounted early admission is $25/pp and $15/pp for IGGPRA members through July 26, 2017. After that regular admission is $40/pp and $25/pp for IGGPRA members.

Tickets are available online at

For more information or to register by phone, please call (805) 591-4204.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible:

Smoke Taint and You

What to do when smoke gets in your vines
By: Becky Zelinski

When wineries ask you how you knew whether or not smoke taint has affected your vineyard, it’s best to be know the answers. Growers can find out how to be prepared at the September IGGPRA (Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area) seminar to be held at La Quinta Inn & Suites on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to smoke taint, the latest updates on Red Blotch and Bunch Rot will be discussed.

Like it or not, the California Central Coast has been affected by its share of smoke in 2016. It’s difficult to know at this point which vineyards have been affected with smoke taint and to what degree. Therefore, the million-dollar question on the minds of every grower is: has my fruit been affected; and if so, to what degree and what does it mean?

The short answer is: it’s complicated. Believe it or not, smoke taint is variable from vineyard to vineyard and even within a vineyard. The taint is caused by a

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European Grapevine Moth eradicated!

This is great news!

European Grapevine Moth Eradicated From California

Membership and Associate Update

Hello All IGGPRA Members

With a combined membership of over 200 Growers, Friends and Associates, the Board has decided to put all of this responsibility under one Committee, led by Joe Irick.  The move will allow all members in IGGPRA to have one place to express their opinions and get help when needed.  We hope this will prove valuable and welcome any volunteers to join the Membership Committee as we continue to grow the organization.

Joe Irick

Committee Chair

Water Board Update – Nitrogen Trade Secret

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCWB) has determined that there is no trade secret protection from the disclosure of information contained in the Total Nitrogen Applied Reports (TNA) filed by some Tier 2 and Tier 3 growers.

The decision comes out of a public records act request for all TNA reports, including from those operations that say the information contained in their total nitrogen applied report is proprietary. Those filing reports were then given the opportunity to justify their trade secret claim regarding their 2014 and/or 2015 TNA report.

The Central Coast Water Board sent notification letters accepting additional justifications until January 13, 2016. CCWB staff and legal counsel are currently reviewing the justifications and will determine whether the justification meets the requirements for a trade secret. The determination is expected by January 20, 2016. Notification letters regarding whether or not CCWB will be withholding any information from the TNA report as a trade secret or will release all data (with any records containing trade secrets redacted) will be sent to the requesting party by January 29, 2016.