A majority of Red Mountain property owners told the Kennewick Irrigation District on Monday that they are ready to move ahead with plans to bring water from the Yakima River to their prime wine grape-growing land
"Over the last two years we have enhanced the leadership roles and structure in Florida, and our business has grown and become ever-more dynamic. In a concerted effort to enhance our performance continuously on behalf of our suppliers and customers, we have recognized that now is the time to augment and evolve our leadership team to make sure that we are best positioned for future success."
The new branding and campaign, on which Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance has spent more than an estimated $100,000 to date, was unveiled last week at the group's annual State of the Alliance meeting at the Lodge at Sonoma.
Enoitalia, Brand Owners and Producers of VOGA Italia, Luna Di Luna, Lady Lola, Ca' Montini, Lupi Reali, Si Italia, Giorgio & Gianni and other family owned wineries and brands, announces the launch of Enovation Brands, Inc. Enovation Brands will serve as the U.S. importer for Enoitalia's portfolio of wines.
"TIPS has the ability to not only train WineAmerica members to prevent the misuse of alcohol, but also can help build bridges and break barriers within the communities that wineries operate in," said Adam Chafetz, president and CEO of HCI.
Wineries will offer deals on the 30th of each month in 2013 - skipping February, of course, said Cathy Millspaugh, executive director of the wine trail. She said the wineries will decide on the deals, and they may change from month to month.
Eau Vivre Winery has a new winemaker on their team. Anthony Buchanan, who has worked in the BC Wine Industry for over 5 years, is now in charge of producing the full range of award-winning Eau Vivre wines.
"We've done well, but we just haven't done quite well enough," co-owner Larry Crossley said last week, as he stood among sale items and wine racks in his Loudon Road store. Crossley opened the wine cellar in the Lamplighter Plaza in 2008.
In 2003, both the companies came to an agreement, wherein Duck Walk agreed to mention the wine's place of origin on the front label of its wines and also agreed not to produce more than 84,000gal of wine with the word 'Duck' or pictures of ducks on the label.
Luis Felipe Edwards, a Chile-based family operated winery that produces and exports wines, has acquired 700ha of vineyard in Pumanque, a commune in Colchagua province of O'Higgins region of Chile, for an undisclosed amount.
Any business with international aspirations will have China in its sights. Consumption of imported wines and spirits is increasing rapidly, particularly in relation to high end products, which are seen as reflecting power and sophistication upon their consumers, or those giving such items as present. The current opportunities for Western brands seem limitless.
"Monterey has built up a number of interesting growing regions. It has nowhere near the number of wineries you would find in Napa or Sonoma. But it's less well known so you get more attention when you visit."
A pilot program allowing limited wine and beer samplings at 10 farmers markets around the state last year was enough of a success that the state Liquor Control Board is recommending the legislature expand the program and make it permanent.
Industry officials say U.S. wine sales are expected to grow by as much as eight percent this year -- despite fierce competition from imports. However, that's a slower rate of growth than in recent years.
An Albuquerque winery owner has filed a bankruptcy petition to head off the chance that his piece of a family-owned New Mexico winemaking operation would be seized and sold to satisfy a $4 million debt owed in a Lubbock bankruptcy case.