Trinchero's entry into Washington represents another key step in accelerating the category's development on retail shelves. "For years it's primarily been one company-Ste. Michelle-that has gotten behind the Washington category with any kind of distribution muscle," Smith says. "Last year Gallo came in, and now Trinchero. Over the next two years you could end up with 30 Washington wines on the shelf in any given market in the country, whereas in the past it may have been only five or 10."
The 200-liter fermentors - now referred to as "TJs" in the UC Davis winery - are individually equipped with automated temperature control, an automated system for pumping juice over grape skins when making red wines, and a sensor that monitors fermentation progress in degrees Brix
Professors at the University of California, Davis, recently demonstrated an unmanned helicopter that could have numerous vineyard uses including spraying liquid and granular pesticides, seeding cover crops and sensing and implementing precision agriculture.
International winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs announced today that he will serve as consulting winemaker for Juanicó Wines in Canelones, Uruguay. Hobbs will work with the Deicas family, who founded the winery in 1979, to improve the portfolio of wines, including the Don Pascual and Pueblo del Sol brands.
Plans for 2013 include the enhancements to two of its most popular features, the Club du Lac and Tastings by Vinexpo. The Club du Lac, the private area overlooking the lake, which is set aside for large corporations' host pavilions, will be larger, while tasting will be bigger and more attractive, with new tasting areas in the Convention Centre and the three exhibition halls.
The Wine Investment Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme, says this is the best time to enter the wine market since 2009. The risk profile of the market compares much more favourably to recent years, the author of the report, TWIF investment manager Chris Smith says.
Silicon Valley Bank, a leading provider of commercial banking services to the wine industry, will release its Annual State of the Wine Industry Report in a live broadcast from SVB TV studios on Jan. 15, 2013.
The purchase combines four parcels of land currently planted to 30ha of vines - primarily Sauvignon Blanc, but 4.4ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Merlot. Owner Ted Hall says the clay-based soil is 'ideal for Sauvignon Blanc' and adds he will change the plantings very little.
Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, said by phone Monday that he has several wineries preparing to open in his state, including Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery in Frederick County, Old Westminster Winery and Big Cork Vineyards.
"We've reached out to (distributors). Invited them to the negotiating table. Asked them to help us write a bill that would work for them as well. And they just flat-out don't want any changes to their three-tier system and are not supporting us."
Bacardi has acquired premium elderflower liqueur brand St-Germain from The Cooper Spirits Company. Robert Cooper, president of Cooper Spirits Company and creator of the artisan liqueur, will continue to work for the brand.
Sheralee Davies, CEO of Wine Tasmania, told Decanter.com 'the severe bushfires have been a terrible start to the new year and the danger is not yet over, with fires still burning and concern about missing people.'
Last week's frigid weather was more in keeping with early January normals, which feature high temperatures of around 37 and lows about 10 degrees less -- ideal for one final harvest of 2012's grape bounty.
Five inmates at the Idaho Correctional Institution have filed a civil lawsuit against beer and wine companies for one billion dollars. The convicts claim that the companies did not sufficiently warn them about the addictive nature of alcohol.
Tour operators and Nelson residents, Glenn and Juliane Cormier, have taken their passions for cycling, wine and architecture to create a unique touring company that showcases the best of the Nelson/Tasman region, located on the northern tip of New Zealand's southern island.
Every year since 1995, two wine industry organizations, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) have presented the event to spotlight issues facing wine industry professionals as well as the trends of the future of grape growing and winemaking.
Despite a federal law allowing wine to be imported across provincial borders for individual use, most of Canada's provinces are refusing to allow the free trade, citing a loss of alcohol tax revenues and sparking a brewing battle over wine.
B.C.'s icewine producers are hoping warm weather doesn't put their planned harvest on ice this week. Producers need a sustained period of temperatures of minus-8 or below to bring in frozen grapes - so far this winter, that's been hard to come by.
Oregon, it seems, has a density of female winemakers. Based on purely anecdotal evidence, at last count I had Veronique Drouhin (Domaine Drouhin), Maggie Harrison (Antica Terra), Kim Kramer (Kramer Vineyards), Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis (Ghost Hill), Melissa Burr (Stoller Family Estate) and Lynn Penner-Ash (Penner-Ash).
DIG Into Yamhill Valley features once-in-a-lifetime experiences hosted by wineries, restaurants, and other local businesses, in addition to discounts on accommodation and activities to round out any Oregon wine country vacation. With a different theme each month, there's plenty of ways to experience the valley where imagination still takes flight and you're never too old to stay and play.
The ladies sat behind empty wine glasses on their Monday show and announced that they would not be drinking for a month. Wine has become a signature part of the fourth hour of the "Today" show, almost as essential as Gifford and Kotb.
The concept of happy hour - when bars offer lower prices or two-for-one specials - may seem like an American tradition, but is in fact illegal or restricted in quite a few places. A few states, including Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Virginia, recently have considered changes to existing restrictions. The bills failed, but are likely to re-emerge.
Seven years after a French co-operative based in the north eastern province of Champagne-Ardenne was accused of selling fake vintage bubbly, the perpetrators - three former managers of the Esterlin Champagne co-operative have finally been sentenced