The traditional view that hand picking of grapes is needed to produce the best wine is being challenged by Auckland University research. It shows that machine harvesting produces higher levels of the aromas characteristic of award-winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Requiring a wine shipper permit fee and assessing the state's sales tax on a purchase would be reasonable, but a nearly 20 percent levy on top of everything else is not, Thorn, CEO and co-owner with his wife of Thorn Hill Vineyards, said.
Duckhorn Wine Company has completed the acquisition of the 409-acre Ridgeline Vineyard property from Artesa Vineyards & Winery. This acquisition establishes an estate winegrowing program for the Decoy by Duckhorn brand in Sonoma County.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill that would cut agriculture programs by $23.6 billion over 10 years, mostly by ending direct payments to growers regardless of commodity prices, the biggest policy change in decades.
Allison Jordan, executive director of the winegrowing alliance, said about 1,800 wineries, representing nearly two-thirds of the state's acreage and wine-case production, have taken part in educational programs offered by the alliance.
Pretending I hadn't noticed their disbelieving stares, I continued: 'We left our jobs and moved to France today. We see that you have a vineyard, too. Perhaps you can tell us what it is like?' There was a long silence. They obviously thought we were out of our minds.
Ernie Weir of Hagafan Cellars said it was "one of our proudest moments to be part of the ceremony at the White House" when President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres on June 14.
The two major divisions are inland and coastal. The former are all those similar regions that run north to south in the middle of the state, the Central Valley," where cooling marine influences are minimal.