Insect that can damage vineyards discovered in Solano County

Local authorities have detected glassy-winged sniper pockets in a residential area of ​​Vacaville in Solano County, posing a potential threat to the regional wine industry as the insect can destroy vines.

The infestation was first discovered on October 1 when crews found five adult snipers in traps usually placed at different locations around the state to watch for any potential threats. After the discovery, more traps were placed near the first location and another 35 glass-winged snipers were detected. Local farm workers also saw egg masses in the same neighborhood, although no eggs or insects were detected outside the area,

The glassy-winged sniper can transmit Pierce’s disease, when the pest injects a bacterium into the vine that can kill vines by restricting water flow. In previous discoveries in the area, the pest or its eggs have been discovered by incoming shipments of plants from outside the area.

“We are tackling this new infestation with the utmost urgency and are confident that our early detection and rapid response actions, together with the cooperation of the residents of Vacaville, will quickly suppress it and help eradicate it. before it affects local and regional agricultural resources,” Solano County said. Agriculture Commissioner Ed King. The county has approximately 4,000 acres of vineyards.

The state has funded research to combat the disease. A Napa Valley winery announced last year that it was making two new wines from experimental grape varieties that are highly resistant to Pierce’s disease.

UC Davis adds more diversity to wine program board

UC Davis has added more diversity to its leadership council in the viticulture and enology department, which has come under pressure to expand its student body in the field.

New members of the 26-person board of directors include retired NBA legend Dwyane Wade, who also owns Wade Cellars; Julia Comey, writer and founder of Black Wine Professionals; and Miguel Luna, a Silverado Farming Co. partner who is also a UC Davis graduate.

“All of our new leaders have truly unique skills to help the department achieve our strategic goals,” David Block, professor and chair of the department of viticulture and enology, said in a statement. “They bring excellent communication skills, a passion for industry diversification and ensuring that students receive an excellent education and a fulfilling career, as well as a passion for wine.”

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, UC Davis has come under greater scrutiny to diversify its wine curriculum as the nation’s preeminent viticulture and enology school. Undergraduate enrollment for black students has fluctuated between 1% and 2% in recent years, Block told The Press Democrat last year.

Over the past decade, the department has grown from around 10% of students from underrepresented backgrounds to around one-third in 2020.

New Tasting Room Opens in Sonoma

La Prenda has opened a new tasting room just off Sonoma Square for the brand owned by Ned and Erika Hill. The space is located at 535 First St. W. and is next to The Red Grape.

The couple also operate La Prenda Vineyards Management, operating vineyards such as Schug, Roche Family and Bartholomew Estate. They have received Fish Friendly certification for their vineyards that the company oversees. In 2013, the Hills launched their wine collection with winemaker Mike Cox and it includes other labels such as Fifth Hill, Happy Wife, Quarantine Wife and 95476.

The tasting room is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other days by appointment.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit articles to [email protected]

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