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HR-9 (2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 15, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 07, 2013


House Resolution
No. 9

Introduced by Assembly Member Daly
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom, Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley, Dahle, Dickinson, Donnelly, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Melendez, Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner, Stone, Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk, Williams, and Yamada)

February 20, 2013

Relative to historic vineyards.


HR 9, as amended, Daly.

WHEREAS, California’s living and producing historic vineyards that were planted in the late 19th century through the mid-20th century still make a significant contribution to the state’s economy and reputation as a global wine growing region; and
WHEREAS, Historic vineyards are found throughout California, east from the Sierra foothills and San Joaquin County, west to the Sonoma coast, north to Mendocino, and south to the Cucamonga Valley; and
WHEREAS, Historic vineyards are beautiful and treasured survivors that have lived through the ravages of phylloxera, economic downturns, consumer popularity fluctuations, and in many cases, prohibition and world wars; and
WHEREAS, These historic vineyards provide an important living repository for wine grape budwood and genetic material; and
WHEREAS, Historic vineyards often provide a living window on past vineyard practices including, but not limited to, head-trained vines and dry farming; and
WHEREAS, The interplanted field blends of grape varieties that were a common practice of the immigrant farmers who planted California vineyards in the past characterize an era of agricultural practice and impart wine attributes that are uniquely Californian; and
WHEREAS, Fragile older vines are often less productive than younger vines and can require special care to maintain; and
WHEREAS, Most historic vineyards are family owned and exist by virtue of the passion of their caretakers; and
WHEREAS, The wine made from California’s historic vineyards continues to delight wine lovers throughout the world and imparts prestige to the state as a place to live, work, and visit; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes the contribution of California’s living historic vineyards to the agricultural and social heritage of the state as well as to the enjoyment of wine enthusiasts throughout California and the world; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.