Welcome to the Missouri Vintners Association

Dear Missouri Vintner,

The Missouri Vintners Association membership is made up of winery owners from throughout the state of Missouri.  We work with professional lobbyists in Jefferson City to stay abreast and quickly address legislative issues facing commercial Missouri wineries.  We regularly communicate the needs of commercial Missouri wineries to the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and our organization is a state association member of Wine America.

We keep close ties with the Missouri Grape Growers Assn. and the Missouri Wine Technical Group in an effort to continually improve the products Missouri wineries proudly offer our customers.

It has been an honor to serve as President of this organization for the past year and a half.  On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Missouri Vintners Association, I would like to encourage you to join other Missouri Vintners in our effort to promote the production and marketing of Missouri wine.

Sincerely,

Cory Bomgaars, President

Missouri Vintners Association

Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Rocheport, Missouri

 

Please scroll down or click on the page names above for more information, news, articles and other items of interest to our members.
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2013 Annual Meeting Information

On behalf of the Missouri Vintners Association I would like to invite you to attend our Annual Meeting on July 11, 2013, at Les Bourgeois Bistro.  We will be focusing on the wholesale market with Mr. Ron Newman as our guest speaker.  Please see the attached file for your registration and other information:
The Missouri Vintners Association is made up of winery owners from all areas of Missouri.  We would welcome your participation in our organization.  A membership form is included in the attached file.
The Missouri Vintners look forward to seeing you on July 11.
Cory Bomgaars, President, MVA
MISSOURI GRAPE AND WINE ALLIANCE
Steven R. Carroll, Executive Director
215 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO  65101
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McClain Ozone Seminar February 6

Ozone Seminar Flyer Missouri

To register, email Julie McClain at julie@mcclainozone.com. Don’t miss out on this great informational seminar, FREE to Missouri Vintner’s Association Members!

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!!!

Dear MVA Members:
Please read the message following mine, from Jennifer Montgomery, Director of Grassroots & Political Affairs with Wine America.

We are asking that you contact your US Senator stating opposition to these two amendments. Talking points are attached.
Please let us know what action you have taken and we will relay this data to Jennifer. Votes on the amendments are expected in the next few days, so your immediate attention is requested.

Roy Blunt: (202) 224-5721

http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy

Claire McCaskill:

http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

(202) 224-6154

Thank you for your immediate attention to this important issue.

Cory Bomgaars, President
Missouri Vintners Assn
coryb@missouriwine.com
573-698-2613

FROM JENNIFER MONTGOMERY:

Good afternoon,

As you know, the Farm Bill is current up for debate on the Senate floor. As we are monitoring the amendments that are being introduced for the bill, two amendments have surfaced that would have a significant detrimental impact on our industry regarding : 1) MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM (MAP), 2) VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANT (VAPG)

The first one, introduced by Senator Coburn (R-OK), would reduce funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) by $40 million annually (to $160 million per year). In addition, the amendment would prohibit use of MAP funds for wine tastings, animal spa products, reality television shows, or cat or dog food.

It is a very dangerous amendment that we need to strongly oppose. If an amendment such as this is successful, there very likely will be future amendments to eliminate MAP funding for other agricultural products, leading to the ultimate demise of the program.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ASAP URGING STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE COBURN AMENDMENT. IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED HOW TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AND COST-EFFECTIVE MAP IS IN HELPING MAINTAIN AND EXPAND U.S. AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS, PROTECT AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, STRENGTHEN FARM INCOME AND OFFSET THE GOVERNMENT-SUPPORTED FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES AFFORDED OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS. ATTACHED IS A FACT SHEET FOR YOUR USE.

The other amendment, introduced by Senator Ayotte (R-NH), pertains to the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and would prohibit wineries from participating in the program. This amendment apparently stems from the Senator’s belief that only large wineries receive VAPG funds and that it defeats the purpose of the program, but we as an industry know and can demonstrate how SMALL wineries benefit as much if not more from VAPG funds. Therefore, we need strong grassroots participation to ensure that the wine industry is not prevented from applying for Valued-Added Producer Grants.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ASAP URGING STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AYOTTE AMENDMENT. IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED HOW TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL THIS PROGRAM IS IN HELPING THE GROWTH OF SMALL BUSINESSES, PROTECTING AND CREATING AMERICAN JOBS, AND STRENGTHENING FARM INCOME.

I’ll be happy to provide any further information you need on these issues or answer any questions you may have. Votes on amendments are expected over the next few days. I’ll keep you posted as the situation more fully develops.

Thanks very much for your help!

Jennifer

Jennifer K. Montgomery
Director of Grassroots and Political Affairs
WineAmerica
1015 18th St., NW, Suite 500
Washington DC, 20036
(202) 783-2756
(202) 347-6341 FAX

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URGENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS FROM OUR PRESIDENT

“Dear Vintners Association Members,

The Vintners Association Board has unanimously voted to oppose Senate Bill 837 concerning alcohol supplier/ wholesaler franchise relations. After meeting with the Wine Institute and discussions with council, we have come to the conclusion that SB837, if passed, could negatively impact the growth of the Missouri wine industry. This bill decreases the ability for an alcohol producer to choose between wholesalers once the producer enters a relationship, making it nearly impossible for a producer to change wholesalers without paying retribution to the current wholesaler, even if they are under performing. Further, we believe that this will decrease the willingness of wineries looking to enter into a relationship with a wholesaler, knowing that it will be difficult to leave them if there relationship is not working. I have included talking points and council’s memo on the bill as attachments to this email.

We are requesting that you contact your senator and voice your opposition to this bill. Your senator’s contact information can easily be found from the following link : http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/senalpha.htm If you do not know your senator or your district you can easily look it up by entering you zip code. This bill is moving fast and will pass if we are not heard from. The senate will be out for Easter break over the weekend. If you cannot get in touch with your senator by phone, please leave a message, an e-mail and try by phone the following day. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.

AGAIN THIS BILL WILL PASS IF WE DO NOT SHOW OUR OPPOSITION.

Cory Bomgaars

President

Missouri Vintners Association

573-698-2613

coryb@missouriwine.com

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An Update from Zach Brunnert

Zach Brunnert is an Associate with Flotron & McIntosh, strategic government consultants with over 120 years of combined experience in state government. They work with the Missouri Vintner’s Association to promote legislation that is positive for the Missouri Wine Industry, and to help our representatives understand the negative impact any legislation may have on our industry. 

“Last week marked the halfway point for the 2012 legislative session. Legislators have been very busy with work in the various committees since January. One of the largest topics of interests this year has been the state budget. With over $300 million budget shortfall this fiscal year the state has been forced to make some tough choices. The House Budget Committee has already voted out the budget bills and then the week following legislative spring break, they will be brought to the House floor, for the entire body to debate.

We have been busy working on several issues this year on behalf of the Missouri Vintner’s Association. At Flotron & McIntosh, we have been engaged and working with Rep. Galen Higdon (R-29) to find a dedicated funding source for liquor control. Furthermore, working with  Rep. Don Ruzicka (R-132) to push his bill that promotes Agri-tourism. There has been some serious defense being played to keep the Wine & Grape Growers Tax Credit in statute. There were various bills filed to eliminate the tax credit along with other programs. So far none of the bills that have included the elimination of the Wine & Grape Growers Tax Credit have moved out of committee.

May 18th is the last day of this legislative session and the last day for many elected officials who are leaving office due to term limits. Next year we will face a new crop of legislators to educate on the interests of the Vintner’s Association.”

If you have any questions or responses to this brief update, please post them here and Zach will do his best to follow up and keep you informed.

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Vintners Assn 2011 Annual Meeting

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Welcome to the Missouri Vintners Association

Welcome to the new website for the Missouri Vintners Association.  We are in the development phase of this site, so please bear with us as we move forward with this project.

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