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08/27/15

"Based on early picking in the Central Valley and initial harvesting of sparkling and still wine grapes in coastal areas, this year's crop appears to be lighter than expected. In fact, depending on variety and location, some early-pick growers on the coast are talking about their production being down as much as 30 percent from last year."

08/27/15

The on-premise channel was weak in the latest 4 weeks ending 8/9/15, with traffic down 2.7% vs. down 1.5% YTD. The consumer remains cautious with discretionary spending and we'll continue to monitor whether lower gas prices drive any improvement as we head into the final months of the year.

08/27/15

The summit is an all-day event that aims to be a forum for discussion about the current state of California wine, especially as it relates to the NYC market. The event is open to on- and off-premise trade and media only; space is extremely limited

08/27/15

Joe Wagner's Copper Cane Wines has set the goal of reaching 1 million cases within five years, with Oregon label Elouan expected to play a key part. Wagner tells SND that he sees Elouan rising into the hundreds of thousands of cases looking ahead

08/27/15

The OWB booth will feature the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant of the Year, The Joel Palmer House. Internationally known for its mushroom- and truffle-inspired menu, the Dayton, OR based restaurant has become just as lauded for the unparalleled depth Oregon wines in its cellar.

08/27/15

revamped website is now available and provides detailed information on all things wine on tap. It's a useful resource for anyone interested in wine on tap--from consumers, to wineries looking to launch a keg program, operators interesting in installing a draft system and distributors looking to sell kegs.

08/27/15

"It has haunted me," said Karen LaBonté, owner of Trio Vintners in Walla Walla, who was one of the last people to see Eric alive. "He was such a high-energy, friendly guy."

08/27/15

While soy meal and corn exports improved, wheat and soybean shipments nosedived and barley exports disappeared.

08/27/15

Oregon's wine harvest gets off to an early start, and, as usual, vineyard operators and wine makers are optimistic.

08/27/15

Central Oregon irrigation districts worry spotted frog litigation will restrict water use.

08/27/15

The fire has grown to 29 square miles - a 5-square-mile increase from Tuesday.

08/27/15

Although the drought has caused one-quarter of Fresno County's farmland to be taken out of production, the county in 2014 set a record for crop values at more than $7.03 billion, according to the county's annual crop report.

08/27/15

Two water agencies in the San Joaquin Valley are suing to stop the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

08/27/15

A California farm is seeking repayment from USDA for raisins it turned over under an unconstitutional confiscation of raisins.

08/27/15

While the warming of Pacific Ocean waters tends to bring heavy winter rain to California, the state climatologist noted only half the time when there have been big El Ninos has there been meaningful, heavy rains.

08/27/15

Among the stops growers made during the University of California Grape Day tour at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier on Aug. 11 were test plots of Scarlet Royal and Autumn King table grapes planted in 2013.

08/27/15

Production may have dropped this year for Wilson Vineyard's wine grape crop, but quality of the fruit should top the charts, reports Ken Wilson.

08/27/15

Aurelio Montes is planning to create a high quality Riesling with the help of a winemaker from the Mosel, because Chile lacks expertise with the grape.

08/27/15

Amazon announced yesterday that it will start delivering wine, beer and spirits as part of its Prime Now quick-delivery service within Seattle, where the company is headquartered. The announcement dovetails with this final post in our three-part series about wine sales on Amazon, where we considered the successes and the obstacles that the platform presents. Today we feature a Q&A with Amazon Wine executive Steve Johnson.

08/27/15

Consumption of rosé wine is skyrocketing. U.S. imports of rosé from the Mediterranean region have grown in the double digits for the past 10 years running. This is good news for winemakers in the southern, Provence region of France, where many vintners used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. Not anymore.

08/27/15

Steve Morgan, wine director at Formento's in Chicago, came to this year's Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes to teach and to taste. He did the latter - some of it, at least - at Friday night's Grand Tasting, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Times. The teaching came the next day, when he participated in a seminar called "What's so Great About the Finger Lakes?"

08/27/15

Droughts in Canada are less severe than in balmier climes because the long, cold winters suppress evaporation from the soil. Yet with temperatures as much as 5 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) above normal this year, the dryness has been anything but mild, affecting industries from the oil sands to wine makers.

08/27/15

"The weather has been perfect so far," said Grant Stanley, director of viticulture and winemaking at 50th Parallel Estate in Lake Country, north of Kelowna, where the growth cycle is a few weeks ahead of schedule. "We're thinking this could be a great harvest."

08/27/15

Whenever I travel across Canada, it's rare that I don't have a case of wine to share with family and friends and it usually involves crossing a provincial border. I have travelled home to Saskatchewan with 24 bottles of wine as luggage on a flight and have never been afraid of being caught. When I find great bottles of wine that my family and friends will enjoy I pop them in the mail. I am essentially the Han Solo of Canadian wines and beer.

08/27/15

While many people in Texas did not care for the crazy weather this spring and summer, you won't find any Texas winemakers whining about it.

08/27/15

One of the largest vineyards in Oregon's Dundee Hills just south of Portland has put the finishing touches on an expansion just in time for this season's harvest

08/27/15

A new wine book on China's rapid emergence on the fine wine scene - and its sudden retreat - could make uncomfortable reading for several classified Bordeaux chateaux, writes Jane Anson

08/27/15

E&J Gallo Winery has purchased Talbott Vineyards, extending its presence in the state's central coast region and adding another premium estate brand to its portfolio

08/27/15

Just don't expect her to put out a rosé anytime soon

08/27/15

Prime Now currently operates in a growing handful of metro areas around the U.S. since its late 2014 launch in NYC, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Manhattan and Miami

08/27/15

"It is exciting to be able to look back at the history and see just what a tangible impact the efforts of all involved in the DtC shipping campaign have had."

08/27/15

David Webster joined Watson's Wine in the 1970s and was at the forefront of introducing wine to the city when everyone was still drinking Cognac and wearing flares. He speaks to db HK about the dramatic changes the wine market has undergone over the last 40 years.

08/27/15

Robert Talbott, Inc. announced that an agreement has been reached to sell the Talbott Vineyards business and related assets including their Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in Monterey County's Santa Lucia Highlands to E. & J. Gallo Winery. International Wine Associates of Healdsburg, California serves as the exclusive M&A advisors to and represents Talbott Vineyards in this transaction. ...

08/27/15

Cyril Penn interviews Dan Karlsen at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium 2012 Bottle Bash hosted by Wine Business Monthly.

08/27/15

2009 Logan Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard ~ (14.9% alc.) $22

08/27/15

Australian scientists revealed Tuesday they are using micro-sensors attached to honey bees as part of a global push to understand the key factors driving a worldwide population decline of the pollinators

08/27/15

The double blind tasting of Soave Crus will allow trade and media participants the opportunity to discover the diversity and complexity achieved within the region's storied hillsides

08/27/15

The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday Aug. 27, 2015 of new words that have gained widespread currency

08/27/15

Experts at UC Davis discuss wild or native fermentation, other yeast issues

08/27/15

A warming atmosphere has already worsened California's drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns

08/27/15

" it's hardly newsworthy, just another hellish invention of California's horrendous white middle class. I say white because the Napa Wine Train is probably the lightest-skinned public transport route anywhere in the continental United States"