Next year the California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely not allow some pesticides that are high in VOCs to be used in the San Joaquin Valley non-attainment area between May and October.
After more than seven and a half hours of public hearings over the last two months, Raymond Vineyard's proposal to change its winery marketing plan still made several Napa County Planning Commissioners uneasy Wednesday.
The ongoing has pitted wild salmon against farmers in a fight for water. While growers of almonds, one of the state's biggest and most lucrative crops, enjoy booming production and skyrocketing sales to China, the fish, it seems, might be left high and dry this summer-and maybe even dead
Silicon Valley vintners bent on building a local, more affordable wine-tasting alternative to Napa Valley this weekend will unveil a new wine trail established with the help of county funding. A total of 16 South County wineries clustered around Morgan Hill and Gilroy - among them J. Lohr, Guglielmo and Aver Family Vineyards - will participate in a wine trail celebration weekend Aug. 23-24. Tickets cost $40 and include winery tours and tastings, food, music and product discounts.
The North Bay Business Journal has selected a record 88 companies for its ninth-annual Best Places to Work. "These are exemplary companies," said Brad Bollinger, publisher of the Business Journal. "Their leaders show us how to establish and maintain workplaces where morale is high and employees are engaged."
Josefina K. Adriance, founder of Spanish for Business in Napa, has released an online "English-Spanish Dictionary for the Wine Industry," which includes the pronunciation of each term in both languages. The website is SpanishForWine.com.
Some areas, and some varieties, saw 100 percent bud damage. It was impossible to know at the time just how badly this would affect the 2014 crop, since pruning regimens could have saved some vines and more serious trunk damage wouldn't be known until the spring thaw.
The 2014 grape harvest is getting underway across the northern hemisphere. It's a critical moment for the wine industry - winemakers worry about the weather, growers worry about getting grapes in on time, and vineyard workers in some places rise before dawn to harvest grapes before the heat and pressure of the day sets in.
Nobody wants to lie awake at night worrying about profits going down the drain. And that's where Brookfield-based winemaking expert Piero Spada comes in. With a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's from Cornell University's department of viticulture and enology, the 32-year Spada is one of a handful of independent wine consultants in the state.
The wine venture stems from what she and her friends like to drink, she explained: something with good flavor, a reasonable price point, and, above all else, a sensible screw top. "It's gotta have the screw top. That way you can take a sip, put it away in your backpack, and keep it moving with your friends."
A new C.D. Howe report released Wednesday revived the debate over the oligopoly that controls booze sales in Ontario. But what would a liberalized regime actually look like for the consumer? Ontario could look to other provinces - or its own (ignored) expert report - for a few ideas.
The recently released report by the C.D. Howe Institute calling for major change in Ontario's alcohol retailing system agrees with the Wine Council of Ontario's position that lack of competition is resulting in less choice for consumers and reduced government revenues.
Ontario's governing Liberals are shrugging off a new report claiming consumers could pay less for booze and the province could brew more profit from alcohol sales if the government opened up the business to more retailers.