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19th Annual 

Vineyard Economics Seminar 

How California Winegrowers Will Weather Future Storms

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 NAPA VALLEY MARRIOTT

 (View Presentation Slide Decks by clicking on Session and Presenter Links Below)

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. REGISTRATION & COFFEE
8:15 – 8:30 am WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Kathy Archer, President, Wine Industry Symposium Group
Lisa Adams Walter, Director of Programs, Wine Industry Symposium Group

8:30 – 9:00 am THE 2014 VINEYARD ECONOMICS SURVEY
David I. Freed, Chairman, The Silverado Group
9:00 – 9:45 am

FACTS AND FIGURES: 2014 GRAPE AND GLOBAL BULK WINE UPDATE
Steve Fredricks, President, Turrentine Brokerage
Mike Needham, North Coast Grape Broker, Turrentine Brokerage

9:45 – 10:05 am NETWORKING BREAK

10:05 – 11:05 am

WHAT THE VINTNERS BUY
Tony Correia, Owner, The Correia Company
Joe Ciatti, Principal, Zepponi & Company
Mark Couchman, CEO, Silverado Investment Management Company
Dana Sexton Vivier, Portfolio Manager, GI Partners


11:05 – 11:50 am

WHAT GROWERS NEED TO KNOW TO SUCCEED IN 2014: LENDING AND LEGAL ADVICE
Wyman G. Smith, Director, Gaw Van Male
Adam Beak, Senior Vice President, The Bank of the West
Clay Popko, Vice President, American Ag Credit
Katherine Westfall, Sr. Relationship Manager, Wine Specialty Group, Umpqua Bank


11:50 am – 12:00 pm

UPDATES FROM THE NAPA COUNTY ASSESSOR
John Tuteur, Napa County Assessor, Recorder, County Clerk

12:00 – 1:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:15 – 2:15 pm

"WATER IS THE DRIVING FORCE OF NATURE" ― Leonardo da Vinci
Paula Whealen, Principal, Wagner & Bonsignore
Scott Greenwood-Meinert, Attorney, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty 
Pete Opatz, Vice President, Vineyard Operations, Silverado Investment Management Company


2:15 – 3:00 pm

"THE POLITICS OF WATER" ~ THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT
Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture


3:00 – 3:30 pm

PROPOSED TAX REFORM UPDATE AND THE IMPACT ON FARMERS
David Pardes, Tax Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

3:30 – 4:00 pm

TECHNOLOGY IN THE VINEYARDS:
~ Saving Water and Money With New Technology
~ The Economics of Mechanical Harvested Grapes with Optical Sorting
Towle Merritt, General Manager, Walsh Vineyards Management

4:00 – 5:00 pm WINETASTING & NETWORK MIXER