Prior to this release, Allied Grape Growers had estimated the size of the 2012 winegrape crop to be 3,885,000 tons - the most aggressive estimate in the industry. The actual winegrape tonnage crushed was 4,013,903- a slight 3 percent difference from the large estimate.
The Preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today shows the 2012 winegrape crop reached an all-time high of 4.014 million tons, which was surprising given the limited amount of new planting in the state.
Winegrape tonnage totaled 552,874 tons in the North Coast last year, including 266,101 tons in Sonoma County, 181,183 in Napa County, 70,859 in Mendocino County and 34,731 in Lake County, according to the preliminary figures in the 2012 California Grape Crush Report.
In celebration of these significant viticultural and oenological achievements, both wines will be featured for tasting at this month's open house at the winery and vineyards, located at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation near Gilroy.
While approving a winery application for an Acampo project and another in the Tracy area on Thursday, San Joaquin County planning commissioners were looking at the bigger picture - whether wineries were trying to beat the clock before a potentially more restrictive ordinance is adopted by the county.
Beginning this summer, qualified wineries will be able to submit up to 10 of their wines to be sold at state Wine & Spirits Stores in the program. Of the state's 621 stores, 80 are targeted for the program.
For those who didn't know Shirley, she earned her stripes as a home economist and food writer at Sunset Magazine from 1957 until 1962 and then freelancing as both writer and consultant for more than four decades.
Sen. Jim Ferlo, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said at least 10,000 retailers would qualify for the new licenses, twice as many as Corbett estimates, and warned that it would compound social problems and crime.
Winegrape growers Patrick Dana Flannery and Paula Campbell Brown are feeling on top of the world right now. They have just opened a tasting room perched on their Ashland property, where they are debuting two wines under their label, Dana Campbell Vineyards, a combination of their middle names.
"We are sending a big message to the community that the CEDC supports great economic development initiatives such as the Southwest Wine Center. This is a big deal for us, the wine industry and Yavapai College," notes Casey Rooney, economic development director for the City of Cottonwood.
The provincial government has unveiled some major changes to liquor laws that should make it easier for small- and medium-sized B.C. breweries, wineries and distilleries to get their products to market.
Morocco and Algeria are significant wine producers - and if you buy a nondescript house carafe during a visit to Paris or Marseilles, chances are good that what you're drinking came from one of those two countries.
In follow-up to their May 2012 announcement--combined with the recent conclusion of their JV with Frederick P. Winner, Ltd. (Winner) and the current opening of the new, dedicated facility in Baltimore--Southern will now exclusively manage their wine and spirits Sales, Marketing and Administrative functions
According to the United States Department of Agriculture's preliminary numbers, the 2012 grape crush in California totaled 4,383,100 tons, a record amount that marks a 13 percent increase over 2011's crush.
Single-digit temperatures were recorded during a two-week stretch in Idaho's key growing area for wine grapes. However, a variety of factors worked in the industry's favor, particularly at Skyline Vineyard - the state's largest planting and controlled Seattle-based Precept Wine.
"It is impossible to compare California with Washington wine (or any other state) because California's overall business model for wine is so different. As former Gov. Chris Gregoire so famously pointed out last year, Washington doesn't make jug wine."