Ben Zeitman and Katie Quinn have sold the winery and its accompanying 32 acres to the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Beth Jones, members of the family that established Lava Cap Winery in the Apple Hill district of El Dorado County in 1986
Climate change takes the blame for unusual weather anomalies around the world, but it could also result in wine lovers' bottles being a little less backbone, balance, or aroma, depending on how the Napa Valley drought affects next year's grapes.
The battle for America's poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree Inc.'s agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for about $8.5 billion. Earlier this month, Family Dollar said it would begin a multiyear rollout of beer and wine beginning in 2015 to boost sales and draw more shoppers into its stores. It echoed a move by Wal-Mart, which has spent the past couple of years redesigning stores to make room for more beer, wine and spirits in a bid to double alcohol sales by 2016.
The wine world needs to let go of its obsession with China, and stop believing that the market can solve all its problems, according to Margareth Henriquez., chief executive of Krug, the top branded Champagne house.
The ground is sinking because farmers and water agencies throughout the Central Valley are pumping groundwater heavily from far beneath the Earth's surface to make up for the lack of rain. The problems caused by this sinkage are many, with no easy fix in sight.
California's three-year drought has sparked a surge in demand for wells in the state's agricultural heartland. With federal and state allocations of surface water reduced to a trickle, growers are searching deeper underground for sources of water to keep their farms from ruin. The clamor has overwhelmed California drillers and pump installers, forcing some farms to hire contractors from neighboring states.
On July 8, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the ability for certified farmers markets, like the Napa Farmers Market, to allow one winery per market to sample and sell their wine, albeit with a hefty set of conditions. As part of our ongoing mission to increase educational opportunities and build a diverse, robust market, the Napa Farmers Market is going to test the viability of having wine sampling at our market throughout the rest of this season.
Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast.
The Japanese capital will become the centre of the wine and spirits world when the first Vinexpo Nippon exhibition opens its doors. On 1st and 2nd November 2014 at the Prince Park Tower Hotel in Tokyo, wines and spirits from all over the world will be on display before Japanese trade professionals in one of the most dynamic and sophisticated markets in Asia-Pacific.
Big Bang Wine, one of the wine industry's top sales and marketing agencies, has announced it will manage national sales and distribution for some of California's most important producers including: Longoria (Sta. Rita Hills), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Cambiata (Monterey) and Rail 2 Rail (Lodi). The company had already been representing Coquerel (Napa).
Like a giant measuring stick in the desert, the dropping water level of Lake Mead, the nation's largest man-made reservoir, provides a vivid representation of the drought that is gripping the Southwest and much of the West.
When I worked with Meister Media Worldwide to engineer its last special report on biopesticides in 2011, I was the company's editorial director. At the time I had been covering ag production for about 16 years, and Meister was regarded as the most progressive and knowledgeable media company with respect to biological control.
One hundred and sixty kilometres from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a French tradition has been exported to east Africa as merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes grow in vineyards sprawling out across the countryside.
Deming's Luna Rossa winery and Tularosa Vineyards have been named among New Mexico's wine producers to watch for fine vintages, according to Stephanie Miskew, a certified sommelier, wine educator and proprietor of The Wine Atelier.