VMF Estates Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, today announced that after 23 transformative years of putting the Okanagan Valley on the world wine map, John Simes has decided to transition from his role as Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate to allow him to focus on the von Mandl Family's diverse and exceptional Okanagan vineyards.
Industry innovator GrapeSeed™ Wine Fund, a collective bringing together leading winemaking talent with wine consumers' desire for choice, access and exclusivity, today announced the appointment of Matt Smith as vice president of winemaking and operations. In his new role, Matt manages the growing collection of unique projects produced by notable winemakers while curating new winemaker partnerships. Matt will also create his own wine project, an innovative red blend concept now in development.
Brandt, citing his experience as director of compliance with Shannon Ranches, said his goal for his term on the board is to assist the county's growers in their pursuit of certification of sustainable winegrowing. He said he would like to encourage winegrape growers to become certified sustainable as another step toward improvement of wine quality for Lake County.
Merrilees is interested in "getting the locals involved." Formerly with Bella Vista Farming Company and now with Shannon Stahl Vineyards, the New Zealand native moved to the United States in 2003. Merrilees said his goal is to reach out to Lake County residents and businesses to get them involved in the county's wine industry.
This past week the Faculty Senate of Sonoma State University (SSU) approved a French Language Certificate for Wine Business, the first of its type in the US. Full-time students pursuing a B.S. degree in Wine Business can now add a French language proficiency certificate to their degree at either the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.
Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated its 40th anniversary this past Friday at an annual dinner held at Round Pond Estate. In attendance were over 250 grapegrowers and associated business leaders, who raised their glasses to honor the 40 year milestone and also long-time grapegrower Mike Wolf as the 2015 recipient of the Napa Valley Grower of the Year award.
The American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) recently announced that Western Fruit Grower™ magazine contributor Matthew W. Fidelibus, of University of California-Davis, will be the recipient of the 2015 Extension Distinction Award. The award will be presented in June during the 2015 ASEV National Conference in Portland, OR.
The May 14 ceremony at The Barlow in Sebastopol highlighted Sonoma County businesses that qualified for the Green Business Award. Over the past three years, the Sonoma Green Business Program has certified 163 businesses that met rigorous environmental standards established by the California Green Business Network.
A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.
A day does not pass without my receiving multiple emails announcing webinars, publications, and workshops focused on talent analytics. Talent analytics has become an important area in both consulting firms and corporations.
We blind-tasted three cabernet sauvignon wines, one of which (the most expensive) was described by Wine Spectator as "extremely well done ... with style and panache." Our response was somewhat different.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of when Grgich was dubbed the "King of Chardonnay," Grgich Hills Estate winery put on a Roaring '20s-style gala, with guests donning fedoras and bow ties, feathers and pearls. It was an evening of Grgich Hills Estate wine, dinner by Cindy Pawlcyn, and jazz music highlighted by singer Tony Butala, the lead singer for The Lettermen, a vocal group that started in 1958.
The family owned company was established in 1998, selling grapes and bulk wine to noted wineries around California, until the Lawson family introduced the Victor Vineyards brand in 2013. The name honors the historic village of Victor, where the company's wines are made in a renovated 100-year-old grape cold storage facility
High level advisers to UNESCO have told Burgundy winemakers to improve their pitch to gain world heritage status for the region's vineyard climats, but Champagne remains on-track to secure a place on the list
Cut to the late 1980s, and Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall Jackson in 1982 and already eight years later one of the most dominant wine producers in California, is feeling sceptical about the quality of his barrels. Here's what he did next, writes Jane Anson
Millennials are increasingly moving away from beer in favor of wine and spirits. This trend is scaring major companies like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and Heineken, according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley.