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As Winter 2014-1015 transitions to Spring, we've been thankful for gorgeous
days and some nice rainstorms to charge the soil moisture for the coming season.
Many areas are close to average precipitation totals. The mild weather
with lots of sunshine has warmed the soils and signaled the vines to wake up a
few weeks earlier than normal. Everyone is rushing to finish pruning and
anticipating another great vineyard year.
Meetings & Events
- Soil Physical and Chemical Properties for Vineyard Design and
Vine Nutritional Management, March 4 at Clos de la Tech. 2:30 - 6:00.
Our guest speaker: Paul Anamosa, Ph.D., Vineyard Soil Technologies in Napa (website
here). Paul will talk about soil types, soil health, soil water
retention - and the relationship to vine health.
About Paul Anamosa: Paul specializes in soil analysis, land evaluation for
winegrape production, and vine nutritional disorders. He estimates that he
has evaluated over 18,000 soil pits and interpreted the data from over
30,000 soil and grape leaf tissue samples in his 14 years working in
California viticulture. He is familiar with the Santa Cruz Mountains and has
consulted with vineyards in our region, including Clos de la Tech.
- The Sustainability Workshop Challenge, Saturday April 4 at
Silver Mountain Vineyards, 9:00-12:00
Learn more about best practices and apply them to your own vineyard. Join
Jerold O'Brien of Silver Mountain in a working session that will take you
through the California Sustainable Winegrowing workbook provided by the CSWA
to assess what you are doing in your vineyard and learn how you can improve.
As well, Jerold will give a tour and discuss the sustainable practices he
has implemented at Silver Mountain, including composting, solar generation
and energy efficiency, cover crop, rainwater harvesting and water
conservation; and the certified organic vineyard. Hosted by the California
Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
- Tailgate at Storrs Vineyards, Corralitos, Saturday May 9,
Learn about the sustainable practices implemented at Storrs vineyards with a
tour led by Steve and Pamela Storrs and Rich Casale of the NRCS. These
practices include: drainage/runoff control, hedgerows, sheep grazing,
wildlife-friendly practices including wildlife corridors and structures,
rainwater harvesting; and other vineyard management and conservation
practices, many designed and financed through the NRCS' EQIP program.
Application: Membership dues for 2015 are due at the beginning of
the year. Membership is open to those sharing an interest in viticulture in the Santa
Cruz Mountains. Annual dues are $50 paid each calendar year. Renewals
should also include the membership application to convey any changes of
Cruz Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2014, "Santa Cruz Mountains winegrowers expect
smaller 2014 harvest after 2013 bumper crop." by Donna Jones. (also
printed in the San Jose Mercury News).
Jose Mercury News, Nov. 6, 2013, "Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers can
thank Mother Nature for this year's bountiful grape crop", by Shannon Burkey.
& Vines Magazine, 10.09.2013: Coastal Wine Harvest is Early and
Booming: Santa Cruz Mountains growers enjoy spectacular 2013 season, by Jane
Firstenfeld. Following what they are calling a
"phenomenal growing season,"
most wine grape growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA just south of San
"totally jazzed about this year's vintage,"...
- The Santa Cruz Sentinel's Ag Almanac, May 19, 2013:
story on our
sustainable vineyard practices in the Santa Cruz Mountains, by Justine
- The Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2013: ad on SCM vineyards,
sponsored by VASCM. (Click on the thumbnail below to view full size.)
- Annual EQIP Funding through the NRCS: Applications will come
due toward the end of 2013. Prior to the deadline you need to:
- Fill out and sign a standard
Assistance form, and submit it to the county-appropriate NRCS
representative listed below. This will initiate the scheduling of a site visit
and resource assessment.
- Then you will need to contact and meet with the USDA Farm Services Agency
in Salinas to start the eligibility determination process. Contact Vivian
Soffa, 831-424-1036, ext. 108
There is EQIP funding in every CA county:
- In Santa Cruz County:
Rich Casale, (831) 475-1967
- In Santa Clara County contact Bob Rohde
or Athena Pratt at (831) 637-4360.
- In San Mateo County contact Jim Howard at
For more information about EQIP, read this
program description provided by Rich Casale.
- The Santa Cruz Mountains is "the finest place within California to grow
Pinot. It is interesting to see such a small area have such an impact on this
varietal."' - Scott Clemings, Epicurean Traveler, in a video interview
at Pinot Paradise. See the
interview on the VASCM YouTube Channel.
- New Sub-regions for the Santa Cruz Mountains: VASCM has worked with
AppellationAmerica.com on a series of tastings evaluating Santa Cruz Mountains
wines produced from our vineyards, and in the process we have defined five
subregions characterized by distinct flavor profiles. They are: Skyline; Los
Gatos/Saratoga; Summit; Los Ranchos (Hwy. 17 corridor to Santa Cruz);
Corralitos/Pleasant Valley. Read more about the subregions and their flavor
profiles here. Read more about the subregions
and flavor profiles of the three varietals we evaluated -- Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux -- on the
Members of the Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains (VASCM)
are premium winegrape growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
Meetings are held bi-monthly with topics that promote quality winegrape
To serve the common interests of all Santa Cruz Mountains appellation
winegrape producers, and to enhance the quality, profitability and
reputation of winegrape production in the appellation through promotion
Secretary: June Salsbury
Past Presidents: Prudy Foxx,
- Media Contact
- Mary Lindsay
- Postal address
- P.O. Box 8092, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8092
- Electronic mail
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