Steven Hauschka, placekicker for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, generated the biggest cheer of the evening Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle when he unveiled the Vince Lombardi Trophy to patrons of the Wine Gala at the Auction of Washington Wines.
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday that New York wineries can use out-of-state grapes for their products because last year's harsh winter heavily damaged crops. State law allows the department to let a winery manufacture or sell wine from out-of-state grapes if weather conditions destroyed more than 40 percent of a grape variety. The state hasn't permitted the use of out-of-state grapes since 2005.
Paul Champoux, one of Washington's top grape growers, led off the state's harvest season by bringing in 1.6 tons of Marquette. He delivered the grapes from his famed vineyard in the southern Horse Heaven Hills to Fidelitas Wines' production facility in Richland
to be considered to source grapes or juice from out of state, you must demonstrate that you have been unable
to obtain the desired varietal(s) in the quantity needed from at least three New York State grape growers that grow
the impacted variety(s)
Veteran wine publicists Julie Ann Kodmur and Tom Wark have launched SWIG, a publication in a blog format focusing on an area rarely covered in an editorial format: wine public and media relations. SWIG will feature posts and articles addressing the practice of wine public relations, wine media trends, marketing ethics and news commentary
The custom-crush industry in the North Coast has greatly expanded in the past year. The plants vary, but essentially provide one-stop service for vintners to crush grapes, make wine and transfer it into barrels and then into bottles - everything except marketing and sales.
The San Francisco | Napa Valley region of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network announces its call for entries for the fifteenth annual Best Of Wine Tourism awards, which recognize innovation and excellence in wine and wine-related tourism.
Statistics published by the Persistent Drunk Driver Committee, a monitoring body formed legislatively (Persistent Drunk Driver Act of 1998), show that the "western slope," also known as Colorado's wine country, had the highest average blood alcohol content (BAC) for DUI arrests in 2013.
New research from Canadean finds that in the US, women drink wine in order to relax and unwind, seeking good value options, whereas men are more likely to be wine buffs, searching for high quality and new drink experiences.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, a historic, family-owned winery located in the renowned Moulin-à-Vent appellation at the southernmost tip of Burgundy, produces 100 percent Gamey Noir à Jus Blanc from Champ de Cour, La Rochelle, Les Vérillats, Les Thorins, La Roche and Les Caves.
The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 17-18 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Expo is "Balancing Water, Soil, and Nutrient Resources for Long Term Sustainability."
Hoffman Family Cellars(HFC) announced today that it has accepted a new strategic investment partner, Chris Kael, the bassist of global recoding artist, Five Finger Death Punch. In addition to receiving the 2014 Revolver Golden God Bassist Award, Kael's resume includes years in the hospitality industry and as an entrepreneur with his own T-shirt line (www.chriskael.com).
San Francisco Wine School in conjunction with Italian Wine Central, the most authoritative online source about Italian wine, announces a new program that provides a solid foundation in the wines of Italy for professionals and serious enthusiasts: the Italian Wine Professional (IWP) certification. San Francisco Wine School is the first West Coast school authorized to teach this comprehensive new program.
The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are calling on the state board that oversees water rights to investigate possible water diversion by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Pacific Highway Wines & Spirits, the sales and marketing company for the DGB family of wines, has added a new Chardonnay to its award-winning The Beachhouse portfolio. The addition of a Chardonnay produced and bottled in California is poised to significantly increase sales.
Kern County, Calif. released its final 2013 crop production numbers in mid-August and of the three counties - Fresno, Kern and Tulare - Kern's production increase was the most modest at about 6 percent to over $6.76 billion.
A 3,800-square-mile stretch running from Cedarburg to Door County is gaining a reputation for its fine grapes for winemaking. The region is distinguished by the Wisconsin arm of a geological formation known as the Niagara Escarpment that runs from New York State through Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Grape growers in Washoe County plan to lobby legislators next year to update a state law which prohibits them from making and selling wine. Current law allows wineries in smaller counties, and the Nevada Wine Coalition, the new political action committee, argues that Nevada has an opportunity to foster a multi-billion dollar wine industry if it lets Washoe and Clark counties participate.
Later this month, look for more of my other writings about this fascinating region, including a focus on the exciting Native Lodi program. In the meantime, for more information about the Lodi AVA, Zinfandel, and other festive regional events happening throughout the state, visit www.lodiwine.com, www.Zinfandel.org and www.discovercaliforniawines.com .
The impact of China's austerity measures continue to hurt the Australian wine industry, but China's middle classes are emerging as its potential saviour. Australia has been propped up by Chinese economy for years enjoying great economic success as a result, with the wine industry being no exception.