Water is the hottest commodity on the Central Coast, and a two-part viticulture session will address two important facets of winegrape growers' biggest concern at WiVi Central Coast 2013, held in Paso Robles, March 19-20. The first part of the breakout session "Water: The New Liquid Gold" will focus on the latest updates from the 2012 Regional Water Quality Control Board Ag Order Update.
Lisa Bodrogi, land use and public policy advisor at Cuvee Consulting, will discuss how growers can manage growth opportunities with a limited water supply and increased regulations in the second portion of the session. She joins Chris Alakel, water resources manager for the City of Paso Robles and Dana Merrill, president of Mesa Vineyard Management in providing insight and opinion to this important topic. Don Neel, editor of Practical Winery & Vineyard, will moderate.
Lisa Bodrogi, principal and sole proprietor of Cuvée Consulting, offers consulting services to non-profit organizations, wine growers, farmers, ranchers and rural landowners in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. She is a known commodity on the Central Coast with over 25 years of professional land use, public policy and leadership experience with over 15 years directly related to the wine industry.
In San Luis Obispo County, water continues to be a much debated issue, particularly in the Paso Robles area. Lisa has spent the last 3 ½ years successfully representing the industry on these important issues and working with industry representatives on important committees such as the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) and the Blue Ribbon Steering Committee in Paso Robles. Bodrogi was recently named the executive director of the Central Coast Wine Growers Association and she remains available to serve individual clients on the Central Coast in permit entitlements, due diligence and specific project consultation.
About WiVi Central Coast 2013
California's Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular and celebrated wine regions. Since December 2009, 95 new wineries popped up in the Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. In 2012, nearly 7 million cases of wine were produced in the region. This burgeoning area faces many unique issues in its wine-growing and winemaking efforts, and WiVi Central Coast 2013, a new symposium and trade show hosted by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting, has been created to address those topics.
WiVi will be held March 19-20, 2013 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. It is the only trade show and symposium to address the issues facing the Central Coast wine industry, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. For more information, visit www.wivicentralcoast.com.