Stories about acts of bravery and kindness were emerging after as much as 6 feet of snow covered Buffalo, New York, one of the hardest-hit areas in a week when snowstorms and record-low temperatures whacked much of the country.
Chemeketa's Northwest Wine Studies Program has named Betty O'Brien, president of Elton Vineyards, as Chairman of its Advisory Committee for the coming academic year. The program has also recruited Eugenia Keegan, general manager of Gran Moraine Winery, a Jackson Family Wines company, to its Advisory Committee.
El Porvenir de Cafayate, a small family-owned winery in Cafayate, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its sole U.S. importer, becoming the first Torrontés and Tannat producer in the portfolio. Hobbs has been collaborating with El Porvenir's winemaking team since 2010.
Morlet, a fourth-generation winemaker, has worked with acclaimed wineries in Napa and Alexander Valley, including Newton Vineyard, Peter Michael Winery and Staglin Family Vineyards. The 2014 harvest marks the first vintage for Morlet and PATEL wines collaboration.
Charles Smith announced that Tammy Coleman will join the company as director of national accounts on-premise, representing the family of brands, which includes K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines, ViNO, Secco Italian Bubbles, SIXTO and Wines of Substance.
A mellow storm passed through the North Bay early Wednesday, bringing a half-inch of rain and more, with similar amounts due by week's end from combined rainfall from two more storms, according to the National Weather Service.
California has the most unauthorized immigrants, at 2.4 million, according to a new report. Idaho was one of seven states whose unauthorized population increased. Washington's population of unauthorized immigrants remained stable.
Registration is open for the 15th Annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program, which seeks to provide wine industry leaders an opportunity to learn marketing and branding strategies while participating in interactive sessions.
The California Green Medal was developed as a way to showcase some of the leading wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability. More than a dozen regional winery and winegrowing association partners are also involved in promoting the new awards.
Greece recently celebrated its "Ohi Day" ("No" day) on October 28 to mark the time when in 1940 the then Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, rejected Benito Mussolini's ultimatum to march troops through Greece. In 2014, much is being said about how Greeks need to say "no" to corruption, which has contributed to the country's on-going economic crisis.
Boxed wines are bigger and better than ever, vying with rosé as the fastest-growing category in wine sales. The quantity has risen in large part because the quality has, too. The flavored-water-with-a-kick abominations of the past are gone. Being flexible, portable and durable doesn't hurt.
It's among the planet's oldest and most widely cultivated grapes, yet grenache used to be the Boeing 747 that managed to fly under the radar. Few people thought to search for it by name, which is just as well, because until recently one could scarcely find the word on a label. Now grenache is basking in the bright searchlights.
Whistler's Samantha Rahn, wine director at Araxi Restaurant and Sommelier of the Year 2013, releases Samantha Syrah, a wine she made at Okanagan Crush Pad winery through their Okanagan Wine Campus program, with proceeds to the BC Hospitality Foundation.