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CAWG Awards of Excellence Reception
On Tuesday, January 24, CAWG hosted their Awards of
Excellence Reception to honor Central Coast grower Dana
Merrill as the 2023 Grower of the Year, and employment
and immigration attorney Jeanne M. Malitz as the 2023
Leader of the Year.
Assemblymembers Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) and Tasha
Boerner Horvath (D-San Diego) were present to recognize
and present resolutions to Dana and Jeanne respectively.
Dana is a seventh-generation Californian who grew up in
an agricultural family and has been farming on California's
Central Coast his entire life. In 1989, he started Mesa
Vineyard Management, Inc. to provide premium vineyard
services for Robert Mondavi Winery. Today, Templetonbased
Mesa Vineyard Management is a leader in
developing and managing quality winegrape vineyards
in the Central Coast counties of Monterey, San Benito,
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Southern Oregon.
Dana has been active in industry issues and organizations
throughout his professional life and served as a past Chair
of the CAWG Board of Directors.
Jeanne is the principal of Malitzlaw, Inc., a San Diegobased
law firm she established in 2002. Her practice
includes counseling on employment verification related
to E-Verify and Form I-9 requirements. CAWG honored
Jeanne for her leadership on the federal H-2A guest
worker visa program and for assisting winegrape grower
employers in maneuvering through the legal and
administrative paperwork and requirements to obtain
needed temporary ag workers. Jeanne has been a leader
through participation in educational presentations for
California winegrape growers at the Unified Wine & Grape
Symposium, webinars, CAWG's Summer Conference, and
numerous regional meetings.
It was a great night celebrating both Dana and Jeanne for
their accomplishments and contributions to the winegrape
Left: Dana Merrill and ASM Addis
Right: Jeanne Malitz, ASM Horvath &
CAWG President Natalie Collins
The Economic Impact of California Wine
and Grapes report now also includes data by
county, in addition to data by state and California
Congressional and state legislative districts.
The report, commissioned by CAWG and Wine
Institute, showed how the California wine and
winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total
economic contribution of $73 billion annually to the
state's economy and $170.5 billion annually to the
U.S. economy. It also found that California wineries
and vineyards, directly and indirectly, support
422,000 jobs in California and 1.1 million jobs across
the nation.
The report was initially released in November. | Page 3

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