With growing claims that wine growers are hurting Sonoma County, Clay Gantz wrote an editorial that appeared in Santa Rosa's The Press Democrat on October 17. Clay Gantz is the co-owner of Gantz Family Vineyards and 1st vice-president of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers.
The Sonoma County Winegrowers recently announced their intention to make Sonoma County the first 100 percent sustainable wine region in the United States within five years.
I think we Californians have a fundamental misconception about our immigrant agricultural workforce. We tend to think that farmworkers are low-skilled laborers doing a job that anyone could do, and, yes, there is plenty of hard, backbreaking work involved in farming. However, my experience is that a lot of skill and experience is necessary to do many of the jobs well, and when you insist on perfection, every job has to be done well. Not anyone can do it.