After a run of five months of extreme record warmth over the western United States (2-8°F above normal), a cool late March lead into an equally cool early April that brought conditions back to near normal. Ultimately, a warmer second half of April resulted in temperatures being mixed over Oregon and Washington with most regions falling into ± 1.5°of normal while the majority of California was much above normal.
One of the most important milestones for a successful growing season is sufficient canopy growth to support your yield targets. The new Tule Target PRI helps you get your field to its full canopy size and yield potential.
Tasting of library wines brings together some of the county's living wine legends - There was all sorts of history in one room this past Thursday as part of Sonoma County Barrel Auction's Icons Library Tasting at Williams Selyem winery near Healdsburg
As imports increase and big wineries produce more boutique labels, artisan vintners are feeling the squeeze at retail. Meanwhile, "eco-wines" are gaining attention with 16% of U.S. wine consumers now looking for these labels, and urban winemaking is cropping up in and around many major cities.
Last week, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates announced an international collaboration that focuses on Syrah and Southern Rhône blends. Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau is working closely with two top French winemakers to craft Tenet Wines. This would seem to signal that perhaps Syrah will become cool again with consumers, retailers and restauteurs.
A celebration of life will be held in honor of Joseph Phelps at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, on the grounds of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, 200 Taplin Road in St. Helena. On-site parking will be available with overflow parking at the River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center on Silverado Trail.
Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute issued a warning saying wine grape growers can expect increased pressure from brown marmorated stinkbugs in particular and spotted wing drosophila to a lesser degree.
Before Willie Lamberson became a Sonoma County planning commissioner this year, the ceramic tile contractor cut a low-key public profile, with little attachment to the workings of local government beyond a penchant for political involvement handed down years ago from his father, also a tile contractor and Army veteran.
Current controversies on North Coast traffic to wineries could benefit from a 165-year perspetive on the business locally, according to speakers at the Business Journal's 2015 Wine Industry Conference on April 24.
Current law requires a consumer to first visit a winery for a face-to-face transaction, which ensures that the buyer is at least 21 years old, before wine can be shipped to the consumer. Pence signed a bill Monday that will eliminate that requirement, but buyers still will have to provide a copy of a government-issued ID to confirm they're of legal age.
A man visited a wine festival before he lost control of his car and crashed into a Livermore apartment complex, killing a woman and her 14-month-old daughter and injuring two other children, police said Sunday.
The Science of Wine event is set to return to Orlando Science Center on Saturday. The fundraiser includes the chance to sample from more than 100 wines from around the world and presentations about wine growing and wine tasting.
Wine accounts for just a fraction of London-based Diageo's roughly $46 billion in sales - just 4 percent according to a May 4 account in Drinks Business Review, an industry trade publication. Sky News broke the story, citing unidentified sources.
New Zealand wines are witnessing a surge in demand and are in top gear in many export markets. The exports marked a record high of NZ $1.29 billion in 2014, that was up by 8.2 percent over the previous 12 months, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.