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So, this summer will be all about vineyard planting. For the first time ever, the wine region will start its vineyards, by growing the grapes in vineyards, instead of in big concrete cellars that are filled with bottles of wine, at first, just a few dozen at a time.

We are not talking big wineries here but small parcels that will eventually start filling the shelves of the local liquor stores. There are more than 5,000 small, family owned wine cellars in Sonoma County alone.

The Sonoma County Vintners Coalition, an organization of all of these wineries, has rsed $100,000 for a special project this summer. These are $40,000 for the vineyards and $60,000 to create a vineyard marketing campgn for the first year.

Somehow the people who run Sonoma County can’t seem to agree on just what the first thing the land needs in a winegrower. The county vintners don’t have enough money and they don’t seem to have enough time to really put up and promote the kind of vineyards that we’re talking about.

For instance, one winery was able to rse the $40,000 to put in vines last summer. The other wineries were going to wt until this year to plant. Another winery has been complning for more than a year about all of the bureaucracy required by the county to apply for a land use permit for a vineyard and so they have put it off as long as they can. But when push comes to shove they need to find some land fast. And so this summer Sonoma County may see the beginning of a new kind of vineyard in our wine region.

Winegrowers in Sonoma County need to understand, and this is something they can read about in this book, that as people become more health conscious, we don’t have the resources in Sonoma County to be able to create large scale wineries and winemakers, although we need them. It’s about the same as our health care. We can’t afford to do anything more with our health care as a society. All we can do is have more health care clinics, buy more drugs, and then treat people who get into trouble. We can’t afford to create more doctors and more hospitals, and that’s what we’re doing in the wine industry right now. As a result, small, boutique wineries are the only thing we have. And that’s not enough to carry us forward as a culture. So we need to make better use of our resources.

Winegrowers in Sonoma County can be the ones who are innovative. I have yet to hear a local winery owner or agent compln about the lack of resources for Sonoma County’s winemakers and wineries. So if we grow new varieties, if we continue to focus on diversity in our wines, on the quality of our terroir, on using water responsibly, I believe our resource management will get better. And maybe that’s what we need to change in order to better manage our environment.

A: What would be a practical step you think Sonoma County could take to improve the quality of its climate for grape production?

K.A.: It’s easy to just throw up your hands and say it doesn’t work. The problem is that you need to have the political will to do something, and it takes time to make changes. There are some things that are pretty practical that you can do immediately, like the reforestation of the land that was planted over in the 1980s with no consideration for environmental impacts. Those are things we can do pretty easily.

It’s the longer term stuff — changing the water policy, changing the irrigation policy — that is so complicated because that is where we are investing in infrastructure, and that is where we have all these competing interests. At the same time, those policies are what make wineries in Sonoma Valley thrive.

At the same time, we have the challenge of meeting the needs of our growers, and that is where we need to find a balance that is going to make winemakers thrive, but at the same time, we have to be stewards of the land and manage our resources.

A: What is your response to criticism that the industry is getting off easy by paying taxes in a higher rate but not doing the right thing with water, and that some Sonoma County residents’ water rights have been infringed upon?

K.A.: I find that hard to defend because people are going to have the most vested interest in the things they have taken for granted, like their property and their water. At the same time, we are not able to control the land. We are not the owners of the land, and we are stewards of it.

It is not fr to criticize us, in terms of the use of water, or for the rate that we pay our taxes because we are being as good as stewards of that land. We don’t own the land. It belongs to someone else. It belongs to the community. If we think about how we got to where we are today — and it’s not just winemakers — how did all the other people who live in Sonoma County get there? They pd for it.

It is not fr for us to look at that land as something we should be given an excuse to do as little as we want to do because we are just paying our taxes, when in fact we are part of the bigger responsibility.

It is easy for me to say that and for others to agree with me, but how do you really convince other people that that is the reality? We have to change the way people think about it. The reality is that we are stewards of it.

CQ: You’re involved with the Sonoma Valley Water Management Association, which is advocating for a “fr share” water rate. How can local governments be doing the same thing?

K.A.: You have to figure out what is fr to the community. How do you account for those who have been there longer? I am the only guy in this room that has pd for water. I live in Healdsburg and I’ve pd for water for probably 20 years.

I want to make sure that the other people who have been living here the longest aren’t having to give up a fr share of the cost of water. So, I am a believer in an equitable rate that is set on a county-wide basis.

I’ve been at Sonoma Valley Water Management Association for four years. I think it is an excellent group. I know for the last 20 years, we have been fighting agnst the state water commission. We have been fighting for years to try to get a fr water rate. We have not gotten anywhere.

Last year, we made a presentation to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to get this resolution passed on a unanimous vote by the board to make a declaration that there is a shortfall in water supplies and that it needs to be taken up by the Legislature or the governor or whatever.

We presented a report by a scientist that sd, “Hey, the water in the Santa Clara River is not up to what we want it to be, and it is not going to be.” The state has known it. We’ve known it for years and done nothing. So, it’s time that the county takes some action.



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