"Although a grower who has this in their vineyard may not see this as good news, studying this newly-found virus may give us an answer to grape ripening problems in vineyards, and it could be a positive situation if it can lead to improved grape quality."
New DNA sequencing technology has been used to identify the virus that causes red blotch, a disease that discolors grape leaves in fall and lowers sugar levels in grapes, agricultural nursery managers were told today during an annual industry update at the University of California, Davis
Our objective is to help wine businesses be more successful. Many wineries recognize the importance of direct sales, especially in the current challenging environment suffering from weakened margins and a flooded domestic wine market. That's why Silicon Valley Bank and Wine Business Monthly have paired up to offer this survey and to gather narrow metrics on tasting room activity. The survey has less than 30 simple questions and should take you no longer than 15 minutes. Your answers will be strictly confidential.
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Of the top markets for California Wines, the European Union's 27-member countries are the largest accounting for $485 million, up 1.7%; followed by Canada, $434 million, up 14%; Hong Kong, $115 million, down 30%; Japan, $111 million, up 6%; China, $74 million, up 18%; Vietnam, $27 million, up 22%; Mexico, $20 million, up 4%; South Korea, $16 million, up 26%.
Brand equity trumps real estate in many acquisitions and whether a business is being managed for sale or legacy, the objective must be the same -maximizing value. Since value is measured by the investor or buyer, business owners must target the drivers of value in their day-to-day operating plans.
Edict Wines, a boutique, small production winery in Napa, CA., has hired industry veteran Jimmy Kawalek as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Kawalek will oversee all sales, marketing, and direct-to-consumer efforts for the winery.
Premier Cru Wines Cellars which started designing and constructing high-end wine cellars for both consumers and restaurateurs only seven years ago, has already garnered a 12+% share of the total Los Angeles market for cellar design and construction.
France, producer of champagne and burgundy wines, favors keeping a common market organization for wine in the European Union as the bloc reforms its farm policy, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.
A map featuring more than 100 farms, vegetable stands, wineries and other locations throughout Riverside County that boast a host of fresh homegrown products for purchase will be unveiled Friday during two receptions.
Twitter debuted its new video application, Vine, to its more than 500 million members in late January, and restaurant chains have already begun incorporating the tool into social-media marketing efforts.