California Association of Winegrape GrowersCalifornia Association of Winegrape Growers
The California Association of Winegrape Growers
Established in 1974, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is an advocate for farmers, providing leadership on public policies, research and education programs, sustainable farming practices and trade policy to enhance the California winegrape growing business and our communities.
- Represent growers before legislative bodies, government agencies and the news media.
- Provide an open forum to exchange ideas.
- Resolve issues related to growing and marketing. Encourage cooperative efforts among grape growers.
- Support the continued production of quality winegrapes. Work to stimulate consumption of grapes for wine and other grape-based products.
- Collect and disseminate information on production and marketing to members.
- Provide industry leadership on the development and implementation of best practices.
California Sustainable Winegrowing AllianceCalifornia Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
A Partnership Between California Vintners and Winegrape Growers
The Sustainable Winegrowing Program was initiated in January 2001 by winegrowing members of Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) to promote vineyard and winery practices that are sensitive to the environment, responsive to the needs and interests of society-at-large, and economically feasible to implement and maintain. Wine Institute is a public policy advocacy group, representing more than 975 California wineries and affiliated businesses responsible for 85 percent of the nation’s wine production. CAWG is a public policy advocacy group of winegrape growers, representing more than 60 percent of the total annual grape crush. Together they developed the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices workbook as the basis for the Sustainable Winegrowing Program, providing a tool for vintners and growers to assess their practices and learn how to improve their overall sustainability. Wine Institute and CAWG formed the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance to assist in program implementation. These organizations will continue to work together to promote sustainable winegrowing practices that benefit the environment, the community and high quality grapes and wine.
A Proactive Approach to Sustainability
As the State’s population explodes and urban areas encroach on traditionally rural farmland, the California wine community is taking a proactive, precautionary approach to address increasing pressure resulting from public and legislative perceptions, environmental decisions from regulatory and governmental bodies, and other growth-related issues. By adopting and implementing the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices, members of the California wine community can greatly augment their collective and individual ability to respond to these pressures while demonstrating that they are responsible neighbors and committed stewards of the land.
Chocolate VisionsChocolate Visions
About our Chocolates
All of our chocolates are either hand dipped or hand molded by us to order in our shop in Scotts Valley.
We use fresh all-natural ingredients in our chocolates with two exceptions:
Any design color other than gold, white, silver, gray or black is made from FD&C synthetic food color (we would like to use all natural food colors, but so far we haven’t found any more that work).
The only Gianduja that we can get at a reasonable price from Callebaut contains vanillin. We are trying to find an alternate source.
We design and produce all of our own transfer sheets and most of our sheets are made with natural food color. Since we produce all of our own designs, we can fill smaller custom orders with faster turn-around times.
Most of our bulk chocolate comes from E. Guittard or Callebaut . We think that these have the best qualities for blending with different flavors. We are constantly trying other chocolates to see if they will work.
All of our chocolates should be stored in a cool dry place with a temperature range of between 50 – 70*F. (do not refrigerate) and have a shelf life of about one month. The chocolates containing alcohol (wine and liqueur) will have a 2 to 3 month shelf life.
Cork Supply USACork Supply USA
Cork Supply, USA is a Lean and ISO-certified producer of premium closure products for the wine industry, including natural corks, technical corks, bartops, Nomacorc® synthetic corks, tin and polylaminate capsules, wirehoods and foils, and Guala screwcaps. In addition, the company produces traditional handcrafted, custom-finished French and American oak barrels and Creative Oak alternatives from their state-of-the-art cooperage, Tonnellerie Ô. For more information, visit http://www.corksupply.com.
Corralitos Wine TrailCorralitos Wine Trail
Sunny Corralitos, at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, is 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz and
an hour south of San Jose.
In this idyllic spot for grape growing, four independent, family-owned wineries have established the Corralitos Wine Trail:
Alfaro Family Vineyards, Nicholson Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Vineyards and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery .