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Last Week To Register For Central Coast Insight Symposium

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, March 06, 2012
Last Week For Registration to The Wine Industry Symposium Group’s 18th Annual Central Coast Insights Program being held on March 15th in San Luis Obispo at the Embassy Suites.

The purpose Central Coast Insights Program which began eighteen years ago is to educate the wine industry about the economic and financial aspects of the wine business.

David Freed, Chairman, the Silverado Group will give results of the Annual Central Coast Insights Survey. Top concerns for growers and vintners are listed below. Fuel prices would be included in cost of materials.

According to the Crush Report, Cabernet Sauvignon was down almost 27% in District 7 and 39% in District 8. Chardonnay was down 31.68% in District 7 and 39.62% in District 8. The concern about the grape shortage certainly appears justified.

Speaking about the global harvest of 2011, Matt Turrentine of Turrentine wine Brokerage will talk about “the biggest supply shift in a decade.”

Vernon Crowder, VP and Agricultural Economist will address the global financial markets and grape supply, followed by Adam Beak, Sr. VP of Bank of the West who will discuss more local credit issues.

Michael Melusky, CFO of Au Bon Climat and Qupé will report on the winery’s processes and ultimate decision that worked best for their business.

“Why Invest in the Central Coast?” Jeff Menashe will lead a panel consisting of Jean-Charles Boisset and Mark Couchman of Silverado Premium Properties who will converse about their decisions on investing.

For a complete list of speakers and sponsors and to register or for more information about the day long program, go to or call 707/255-9222.