Dunnewood Vineyards, the Ukiah winery owned by Constellation Brands, has settled a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over accusations that it tolerated discrimination against Mexican-born workers
J. Davies Estate and Davies Vineyards kicked off the first harvest season in a new winery building in St. Helena. The property, formerly the site of a car dealership, has been renovated into a fully operational winery for the production of still red wines. For the 2012 vintage, it is expected that the winery will process 155 tons of fruit.
The hearing, titled Sustainable Food and Wine Production: California's Future, will study the impact of state regulations on the sustainable production of local food and wine, a large and growing sector of California's economy.
Andy Beckstoffer and Ted Hall, two leaders in the Napa Valley wine community, will be honored for their contributions by the California Bountiful Foundation on Oct. 27. The Napa Valley Harvest Celebration, to be held at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, will toast the region's food and wine community and honor two of the men who have made significant contributions to the area's success.
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery plans to complete a majority of the 2012 harvest efforts at night. Vice President of Vineyard Operations Lino Bozzano and Head Winemaker Eric Hickey have found benefits in the vineyard and winery that continue to support the odd hours of this practice.
"Last year was a practical disaster," said Greg Cramer, owner of MarshAnne Landing outside Oakland. "I'm very pleased with the fruit that came in this year. We're about three weeks ahead of last year."
Weather is cooperating to deliver what vineyard managers and winemakers across Oregon are calling an "epic" harvest and "banner year," it also is helping kick start production at the teaching winery at Umpqua Community College's Danny Lang Teaching, Learning and Event Center