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May 15

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46 MAY 15, 2014 GOOD FRUIT GROWER USApple earns awards T he U.S. Apple Association has received four awards from the National Agri-Marketing Association. The association won first-place medals in the catego- ries of media relations, producer- or company-funded consumer public relations campaigns, and media events. It also received a merit award for its social media program. Its "An Apple a Day" campaign used results from a USApple-funded study at Ohio State University that revealed that just one apple a day could lower a person's cholesterol by 40 percent. The campaign garnered nearly 70 million impressions in its first year. USApple also ran an "Art & Science of Apples" tour for New York City media that resulted in 61 million impressions. Planting grapes in California T here's no slowdown yet in wine grape plantings in California. Growers in the state added around 21,000 acres of wine grapes last year, according to the latest report of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total wine grape acreage in 2013 was 570,000, with 45,000 acres estimated to be nonbearing. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to be the leading vari- eties planted. The state's total grape acreage was estimated at 878,000, up a few percentage points from the previous year's 847,000 acres. Nonbearing acres were estimated at 45,000. Table-type grape plantings were up 7 percent from the previous year's 98,000 acres to bring the 2013 total to 105,000 acres. Raisin-type grape acreage remained stable at 302,000 acres. VINEYARD CONCEPTS is proud to introduce the temperature-regulating CONCEPTCOVER. This easy-to-use cover fits right over the harvest bin and protects your high-quality fruit from heat and adverse weather. It also aids in storage and protection from outside contamination. ELISSA HOLDENER STEPHEN COLLUM 707-349-9479 • 209-743-2773 • VINEYARD CONCEPTS A VINEYARD MANAGEMENT COMPANY THE SPIDER POLETM THE SPIDER POLETM THE SPIDER POLETM Cherr y Thinner Cherr y Thinner 5IPNQTPO3PBEr$PXJDIF8" r'BY GPPUIJMMT!DFOUVSZUFMOFU N08NO MORE L"%%&3S ! t4VCTUBOUJBMMBCPSDPTUSFEVDUJPO t'BTUFSBOEFBTJFSUIJOOJOH PGBMMWBSJFUJFTPGDIFSSJFT t&BTZUPMFBSOIPXUPVTF t-JHIUXFJHIU GPSBMMEBZVTF t"CMFUPBEE POFYUFOTJPO UPIBOEMF t4FMG$MFBOJOH t5IJO$MVNQT BOESFEVDFNJMEFX t"MXBZTXFBSFZF QSPUFDUJPO Call Foothills Today ! Canadian firm buys more vineyards A quilini Investment Group of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, bought near- ly 700 acres of Washington State wine grape vineyards for almost $7 million in an auction, pending approval by the Klickitat County Superior Court. The auction was held by Musser Brothers Auctions and Real Estate, Pasco, Washington, in early April. The purchase was in Horse Heaven Hills, a region south of the Yakima Valley, and adds to Aquilini's recent buy of 670 acres of undeveloped land on Red Mountain near Benton City. The Red Mountain purchase for $8.3 million, also sold at auction by Musser Brothers, was land held by the Kennewick Irrigation District. The Aquilini Group is a privately held family enterprise with more than 50 years of business history in North America. Though the company is most known for ownership of Vancouver's professional hockey team, the Canucks, one of its core businesses is in agriculture, said patriarch Luigi Aquilini in an e-mail to Good Fruit Grower. Agriculture operations include Aquilini Dairy in Sunnyside, Washington, blue- berry and cranberry production in British Columbia and western Washington, and land-based Coho salmon in British Columbia. "We see the purchase in Horse Heaven Hills as a great complement to the recent Red Mountain acquisition as both are located in the best growing regions in Washington," Aquilini said. "It is our intention to invest our resources and capital to maximize the opportunity." The Horse Heaven Hills purchase includes Windy Ridge and Aldercreek Vineyards. About 335 acres are already planted to grapes and under contract with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates through 2017. The previous owner and vineyard developer, Dave Groth, died suddenly in 2009. Rabobank sought a court- appointed receiver to oversee the vineyards after Groth's death. Most of the vineyards were planted in the mid- to late 1990s, although 70 acres were planted last year. Read more Quick Bites at www. Q UICK BITES

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