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Smoke Taint Remediation in Finished Wines

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By: Bob Kreisher, President – Mavrik N.A (

For Remediation Services* please contact:

Matt Zinkl, Product Marketing Specialist

Phone: 707-228-0442 (cell), Email:

Smoke Taint From Wildfires Update: What Do We Know Now?

Smoke taint is an annoying obstacle to making the best wine possible from the grapes you have.  But it can be overcome with patience and determination.

What is smoke taint?

Measurement of guaiacol and 4-methylguaiacol is a convenient and reliable way to determine the likelihood of smoke taint. It correlates well

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Wine Predictions for 2016

The following is a sampling of wine predictions for 2016 from leading media outlets:


  • a. Rosé and Sparkling Wines are on the rise
  • b. Wine by the glass is also expected to increase (especially at wine retailers who are competing against online wine sellers)
  • c. Syrah (Shiraz) is on the rise, “bigger and darker” than a Cabernet and cheaper.
  • d. Traditional growing regions (i.e. Napa and Bordeaux) are becoming overpriced. Investors are looking to other regions.
  • e. Millennials are seeking value priced wines and are not as

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WiVi discount for IGGPRA members


WiVi Central Coast, is the premier wine and viticulture symposium and trade show in Central California. Now the largest wine industry event south of San Francisco, WiVi boasts 45,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space with nearly 200 exhibits and hundreds of new products, product demonstrations, educational seminars and networking opportunities for winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers.

The day-and-a-half conference and one-day tradeshow features concurrent sessions by top industry leaders on regional viticulture, enology and DTC topics and gives attendees the opportunity to understand and experience new trends and technology.

Produced by Wine Business Monthly – March 15-16,

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Senate Votes to Nullify WOTUS Rule

November 4, the U.S. Senate passed S.J. Resolution 22 by a vote of 53-44. The joint resolution provides for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought up S.J. Res 22 for a vote the day after the Senate’s failed vote to invoke cloture (limit debate) on S. 1140; 60 votes is needed to invoke cloture, but the vote on S. 1140 failed 57-41.  With the passage of S.J. Res 22 in the Senate and a comparable bill, H.R. 1732 in the House of Representatives, there is hope that House and Senate leaders can include a provision in a year-end omnibus spending bill to rescind the WOTUS rule and force the US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to rewrite the rule. The Obama administration strongly supports the WOTUS rule. In contrast, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement this morning:
 “The Administration’s so-called ‘Waters of the U.S.’ regulation would grant federal bureaucrats dominion over nearly every piece of land that has ever touched a pothole, ditch or puddle at some point. It would force the Americans who live there to ask federal bureaucrats for permission to do just about anything with their own property.
“We’re not talking about just a few acres falling under bureaucratic control here and there. According to an analysis by the American Farm Bureau, we’re talking about centralized federal control extending to nearly 92 percent of Wisconsin, 95 percent of California, 98 percent of New York, 99 percent of Pennsylvania and, if you can believe this, 100 percent of Virginia.
“This isn’t some clean-water regulation, it’s an unprecedented federal power grab that clumsily, and poorly, pretends to masquerade as one.”

Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery


Longtime Central Coast residents Tom & Carole Hinkle were pioneers in the Paso Robles wine industry, planting in 1996 when there were fewer than twenty wineries in the region, and opening their tasting room in 2000. Tom Hinkle had a storied career as a minor league baseball player, coach at Cal Poly and MLB scout until he retired in 2007. Carole was a local schoolteacher who held down the fort while Tom was on the road 180 days each year, and still manages the estate with the help of her daughters Cait and Emily.

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The 65-acre property off of Union Road, east of town has 30 acres of wine grapes including Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel Petite Sirah, Viognier and Roussanne, along
with 10 acres of olives. In addition to winemaking and olive oil

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President’s Message


Dear fellow growers, associates and friends of IGGPRA

Once again we are heading for the home stretch. Harvest will be upon us shortly. In fact, several of you have already begun. Early indications bear out the challenging nature of the 2015 vintage with some estimates as much as 30% below 2014 on many varietals.  Not much left to do now except plan for the forecasted “El Nino” and hope that the reality is at least half of expected.  In the meantime give your winemaker a hug.  They seem to be able to pull off miracles and I’m sure they will do it again in 2015.

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Farm Contract Labor Update

If you use a Farm Labor Contractor: You Need to Protect Yourself 


Local vineyard owners have being using farm labor contractors (FLCs) for decades for seasonal workers. FLCs are attractive because, they provide workers for pruning, maintenance, and harvesting needs. In California, FLCs including Vineyard Management Services that supplies labor must be licensed by the Labor Commissioner.  Labor Code § 1683. Owners should verify that the FLC is registered with the Department of Industrial Relations at

However, entering into relationships with FLCs can leave vineyard owners exposed to lawsuits

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The Winery Outreach Committee- September

IGGPRA’s Winery Outreach Committee

Steve Felten (Chairman) Joe Irick & Serena Friedman

Contact Steve Felten for details.


Paso Robles Olive Festival!

It was a HOT day but we had ICE COLD white wine at the IGGPRA booth! — at Paso Robles Park.


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Times – They are a changing – Part II

Times – They are a Changing (again)

Lowell’s Corner

November 2014

 In the last Lowell’s Corner we talked about legislation (AB2453) that, if signed by the governor would move the water users of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin (PRGB) along the path of forming a California Water District for many areas that overly the PRGB. Certain overlying areas are excluded like the City of Paso Robles and the portion of the basin in Monterey County amongst others.

That bill was signed and we are waiting for it to be referred to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for approval. It can be referred to LAFCO in one of two ways.

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Times – They are a Changing – Part I

Times – They are a Changing (again)

Lowell’s Corner

September 2014

 A year ago (Lowell’s Corner September 2013) I titled my column “Times they are a Changin” due to the passage of an “Urgency Ordinance” by the SLO Board of Supervisors which IN THEORY limited new (vineyard) development and helped rural residents whose wells had gone dry. I don’t think either of the two things happened – but thus is government.

Now – however – there are a three bills in the state legislature which, if passed and signed, will have significant impacts on groundwater rights in the north county. To understand the effects of the bills

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