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anoma County has ,0000cellent 1979 :00hnte grape ha ers in Sonoma to be unanimous se for the 19/9 harvest. Chenin traminer and 'arietals came in ar-acid rations, ': to information r:ls, picked early, 3  promising and, to n the vineyard yearny of the late thal will also yield mltandiug quality. was R. Mabry, Land- par with his rognc and Char- 'of €.. ough, according e Cabernet was i.l:a slightly lower • the would have to  it was excellent bett˘d should produce :en.P Cellar's Steven € theJltated that they r MqlLble to finish all sfore the rain he is very happy 9791 sugars on all es" He said that he i:ei'll be an all round ve aminer is one meov made everybody happy in 1979. William Bonetti, Souverain's winemaker, was very pleased with this varietal, and Richard Williams of Buena Vista also picked Gewurz- traminer as the most promising of all grapes harvested. Williams said, "It is really superb and shows whaL I think is outstanding varietal character. I think we will see some fine Gewurztraminers all around Sonoma County in the 1979 vintage." In addition, Williams said that he was impressed with Buena Vista's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Jim Pedroncelli of Pedroncelli Winery and new president of the Sonoma County Grapegrowers Association, reported that they were able to crush all their white grapes before the rains and that the quality was excellent; no bunch rot or other major problems• Certain late picked red grapes suffered some damage from rain and frost, making the harvest less than ideal. However, many growers, such as Rod Strong of Sonoma Vineyards, got a portion of their Cabernet rvest Sauvignon m with sugar-acid ratio and damage to the grapes. :::: CC :i!! i:i: good little The harvest itself began much like that of 1978, after a season with virtually no frost, a good, long growing period, and no injurious heat speels. Varieties picked early should be extraordinary, according to most growers, as they experienced ideal conditions. Later, rain and high tem- peratures lowered acid and sugar ratios and caused some spoilage to the grapes. Hardest hit of these were the Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel varietals. Thus, we have an out- standing year for white grapes and a reasonably good one for the reds. However, as Red Strong put it, "that simply tests the winemaker's skills", and there is every reason to believe that all grapes harvested will make very fine wines. Wines do not always develop according to a set of graphs, numbers or reports, and many excellent wines have been made from grapes that looked less than perfect at harvest time. ieving Eig 00ties" or "Aching Eighties"-Americans must decide lgkted States has its present principal cannot continue to adjust inflation have also been the rate of inflation, of purpose in rearming lieconomic turning problems.' quickly to such sharp,,in- negative during much of In closing, Hoadley called America economically in the e Americans must Low public confidence creases," said Hoadley. We 1979; for all Americans to 1980's...Both public and • ther this decade the "Achieving or the "Aching E ' said Walter hief economist for tnerica, in a speech Commonwealth ' respects, the ates wasted the the 1970's said  "The rate of in- faired and the rate m doubled. We face squarely the eros which were before us. We fted and doubted • n decided," he no new suprises bf major problems g the U.S., he remain the same: S , inflation, energy, 'and monetary , productivity, payments deficits, Mdue of the dollar. ...-.ust be challenged Pine, said Hoadley, tivism expressed "icans on the i future and the lent of a new sense of purpose J]ying point, said might revolve U.S. is :hill =' answer pretty raeans more in- ILl challenges and aimt u.s. in- eased tensions "nged negitiation U.S. needs or and diminishing 'd Hoadley. A does not imply an le lessening of $ for the United indicates a new across America is not new, said Hoadley, 'Tve seen it in depths of the depressed 930's, in the early years of ,qorld War II during the. persistent threat of the much expected post-World War II depression (which never came), during the cold war years with the Soviet Union, and amidst the social unrest associated with the Vietnam War. In each case, public confidence was later restored and a new economic resurgence took place." Huadley said that the same can and must happen again today. In examining specific economic problems that the United States will face during 1980, Hoadley said that petroleum poses the largest threat to both the U.S. and world economies. He said that each 10 per- cent increase in the price of oil means at least a one-half percent advance in U.S. in- flation and probably only a slightly smaller decline in real national economic growth rate. "The world economy 1 II are getting close to the point where more substantial petroleum price gains will touch off a severe buying contraction in non-petroleum markets and threaten a global recession." In discussing the long- heralded U.S. recession, Hoadley said, "This well- predicted downturn has been so long in coming that it has seemed to disappoint some people it hasn't come sooner. In fact, the U.S. economy has ) been and still is exceedingly strong." However, the exonomist said that technically, the U.S. will be in a recession during 1960. The only areas not expected to be generally affected are the South and the West, which will experience only slower growth. Hoadley noted that: - The U.S. Government is now in recession, with ex- penditures, corrected for inflation, being negative for several past quarters; - New housing expenditures nationally are in recession because outlays for new houses after allowance for i Ill Gerdes Auto Wreckers BATTERIES Both, cars and trucks . . . $24=o Reduced consumer spending for large cars has caused the U.S. automobile industry into recession; and - The price of credit, which until a few months ago was a bargain, now closely mirrors "recognize our enormous strengths but our weakening economic defenses and deteriorating global images -- what we now have to gain or lose -- and to find our new personal and national sense private sectors must be deeply involved. Clearly both sectors need each other more than ever before in the national as well as individual interest." I II Wednesday, January 23, 1980 - Page 5 I I Illllll Sonoma County Economic Dev. Board By MI'HAEL D. R ICHIE tionally, the economists cpnsensus is essentially the paine forecast they made in 1979, a shallow recession, hitting bottom around mid year, followed by a slow recovery. The inflation rate is expected to slow but remain high. Top executives however, in a number of key industries, are more optomistic than the economists. Some are ex- pecting the best year in history and those that expect trouble in the short term are looking beyond to vigorous growth sometime in the future. In the auto and steel in- dustries, the recession is already underway• These two industries account for most of the contraction that made the recession in 1937. Sonoma County will not be directly effected by either industry. Two major industries are expecting a very strong year in 1980: new technology and machinery manufacturing• New Technology ie: in- formation processing, computers, silicon chips, communication networks, storage, and retrieval systems have provided the basic job growth in Sonoma County in the past few years. Hewlett Packard, Fairchild, National Controls, Inc., Optical Coating Lab., Inc. and Electroscale are examples of Sonoma's new lechnology. Although new technotogy's growth may not equal the rate of the past few years, advances are expected and the future is extremely positive. Machinery manufacturing, not a large employer in Sonoma County, is expected to experience advances. As the nation gears up for a For most types, 6 and 12 volts. Exchange and tax 2nd's with 3 too. guarantee. of determination dmance ahead for JluIk IblH I1€11 Off rllilt Meet the Staff at States can be - ' to work its way Gerdes Auto Wreckl  the. 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" II ,JO BEACH - FAR HORIZONS NORTH TRAVEL AGENCY Call 894-5284 I changing economy, new machinery will be needed to produce new products required by a nation in time of change. Consumers hold the key to the continuing economic slow down. The severe rise in e,ergy Costs have cut the total purchasing power of the American family in order to • suslain, purchases qf the basics ie: clothing, food, shelter, and home goods. Interest rates are likely to decline in the latter half of 1980 but inflation will keep them from falling far. An upswing in the now sluggish home construction sector is expected in the mid 1980's. Basically, the economy of Sonoma County should remain reasonably healthy and will not experience the extent of the recessionary trend that will be felt in the older industrial areas in the East. Sonoma County's unem- ployment rate is currently 5.8 percent and has been steadily. dropping since the high Of 1975 of 13 percent. The growth of jobs has out stripped the years of heavy immigration. In 1980 a moderate job growth is ex- pected, gaining between 2,500 and 3,000 jobs. Most em- ployment will come in the retail and services sector, gains will also be made in the manufacturing of durable goods and the wholesale trade areas. A tally of those companies that have contacted the Economic Development Board during the past six months show an over- whelming interest by new technology industries. Other industries that are currently showing interest include durable goods manufac- turing, new wineries. research and development, food processing and printing.