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Subject: CALIF. WATER LAWSUITS HEAT UP, GREEN GROUPS JOIN FRAY - WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT

Date: 2009-04-30 17:16:53

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT

EMAIL EDITION - VOLUME I, NUMBER 84 - April 30, 2009


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • Water Lawsuit Heats Up: Districts Request Injunction Against Feds, Green Groups Want To Intervene

  • Could Obama Endangered Species Decision Help Central Valley Water Lawsuit?

  • THE VALUE OF ZERO: Expanding the Market Beyond Wine’s Super Core

  • Drink Wine, Live Longer:Dutch Study

  • Group of locals enters Copia fray

  • CSPI Lays Off Most Anti-Alcohol Advocacy Staff

  • Central Valley Farmland Prices To Decline



WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

Water Lawsuit Heats Up: Districts Request Injunction Against Feds, Green Groups Want To Intervene

The people on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are suffering, “from a disaster that if caused by nature would demand immediate actions by federal and state Emergency agencies.” — Central Valley water district’s request for an injunction to block water cutbacks.

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I personally swim, boat, fish and bird-watch in the Bay-Delta estuary and its watershed, and also hike in its watershed…. Unfortunately, the enjoyment of these activities by me and other NRDC members has been adversely affected by the endangerment of the delta smelt and associated impacts on the estuary by water project operations. — Court declaration by Bay Institute program director in National Resources Defense Council motion to intervene.


The lawsuit filed by a group of Central Valley water districts against the U.S. Department of the Interior has heated up with a request for an injunction against water cutbacks and an application by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Bay Institute to intervene and help defend the government’s position.

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Drink Wine, Live Longer:Dutch Study

April 30 (Bloomberg) — Half a glass of wine a day may add five years to your life, a new study suggests. Drink beer, and you’ll live only 2 1/2 years longer.

Dutch researchers followed 1,373 men for more than four decades, noting their eating and drinking habits. Men who had about 20 grams of alcohol daily — equivalent to a half a glass of wine — had 2 1/2 years added to their life expectancy at age 50, compared with men who didn’t drink at all, according to the research published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Men who consumed only wine had twice as much added longevity.

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

Could Obama Endangered Species Decision Help Central Valley Water Lawsuit?

California’s water controversies — including the recent Central Valley Project lawsuit –  grew more complicated Tuesday with the  Obama Administration’s reversal of an  Endangered Species Act (ESA) decision made by the Bush Administration.

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The Obama Administration decision reinstates a rule from section 7 of the ESA requiring all federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) before making any decision that could impact plants or animals  covered by the ESA.

That consultation requirement had been suspended by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in mid-December 2008. That decision had been praised by business for helping streamline the bureaucratic process. Environmental groups condemned the move as a gutting of the ESA.

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Also in this article:

  • HOW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DECISION COULD HELP CENTRAL VALLEY WATER DISTRICTS’ LAWSUIT AGAINST FEDS
  • LACK OF CONSULTATION LEAD TO UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY ON DELTA SMELT
  • FWS 2008 BIOLOGICAL OPINION BLASTED AS INACCURATE, BIASED, UNSCIENTIFIC AND IN VIOLATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
  • LAWSUIT REVEALS AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE VIOLATIONS RELATING TO 2008 DECISION

(More details in the full copy of the lawsuit.)

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Group of locals enters Copia fray

The Napa Valley Register has reported that a group of Napa Valley residents has joined forces to explore ways to preserve Copia’s building and grounds for local and visitor use.

The Coalition to Preserve Copia hopes to develop a re-use and financial plan allowing Copia re-open in a new form, one that is both financially sustainable and community focused.

The fledgling group includes local business people, investors, developers, advocates and vintners. The coalition is in early talks with Copia and bond insurer ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation to buy or lease the property.

The genesis of the group began with local developers Harry Price and John Salmon and Dorothy Lind-Salmon, a longtime booster of downtown Napa business.

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

THE VALUE OF ZERO: Expanding the Market Beyond Wine’s Super Core

In the world of Sherlock Holmes, the biggest clue of all can be the dog that didn’t bark. Indeed, the missing clue to greater sales just might be asking the right question about what isn’t happening.

Take the Wine Market Council’s latest offering: “Snapshot Report: Super Core Wine Drinkers.” This peek at the group’s consumer tracking study tells us that the “Super Core” — those who drink wine more than once a week — comprise just 10.5 percent of drinking age Americans but still manage to consume 82 percent of all wine sold in the United States.

As the chart, above, shows 5.2 percent of the population known as “other core” drinks wine once a week and consumes 9 percent of the wine.

Finally, “marginal wine drinkers” (not defined in the snapshot) who comprise 9 percent of all adult drinkers, consume 15.2 percent of wine.

Add it all up and you see that just under 31 percent of all Americans over the age of 21 drink wine.

Look at it another way: 69 percent of Americans do not drink wine.

Also in this article:

  • MOVING BEYOND THE SUPER CORE
  • THE DOG THAT DIDN’T BARK
  • CAPITALIZE ON THE ZERO; SELL MORE WINE
  • RE-ORIENT RESOURCES FOR THE GREATEST IMPACT

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CSPI Lays Off Most Anti-Alcohol Advocacy Staff

Addiction advocacy web site Join Together is reporting that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced earlier this month that it has cut all of its Alcohol Policies Project staff except longtime director George Hacker, effectively ending the only full-time advocacy effort on alcohol policy issues on Capitol Hill.

“We’ve all depended on CSPI for a long time,” said Michael Scippa, advocacy director of the Marin Institute. “This is kind of a wakeup call to advocates of all kinds that we may need to include more trips to Washington, D.C., in our travel plans.”

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Central Valley Farmland Prices To Decline

The Stockton Record is reporting that Central Valley farmland prices are poised for a decline.

Even for most of 2008, after commercial real estate values slipped and housing prices tumbled, strong profits from many grain, nut and vegetable crops helped keep farm and ranch values rising or at least stable.

But the market seems poised for a change, experts are saying.

“You could see the level of transactions starting to decelerate during the course of 2008, and then after September, when we had the financial meltdown, a lot of people went to the sideline,” said Mark Clarke, with Rabobank’s AgriFinance office in Santa Maria, who spoke at the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers forum last week in Sacramento.

And farmland sales activity continues at a near standstill, said Randal Edwards, an appraiser with Edwards, Lien & Toso in Hilmar.

“I think the dinosaur is sitting on the tip of its tail right now,” he said. But the question remains: “Which way is it going to go?”

Clarke was cautious about making predictions.

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