Wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources-California, other U.S. states and foreign countries-increased 2% from the previous year to a new record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion
It's been months in the making and next Wednesday, just days after his 75th birthday, Gov. Jerry Brown will make his first trade trip to China. Among the delegation to go with him are representatives from Wine Country
The interplay of the resurgent market for wine-related supply and production assets and the ability to pass on higher costs to consumers will be discussed by 10 major industry players on two panels at the Wine Industry Conference, presented by the Business Journal in Santa Rosa
Scientists are raising a new question: when grapes are transported to new areas, assuming warming weather and flagging rain make current regions unsuited to such harvests, what will the crop's arrival do to the animals and plants already in residence?
Romanian wine producer Recas Winery exported approximately 3 million bottles of wine in 2012 to countries such as England and other European markets, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia and Australia, Ciprian Rosca, sales director at Recas Winery told BR.
The hot dry summer, which delivered a dream season for grape growers, is causing headaches for transporters and wineries during harvest. Yealands Estate owner Peter Yealands said yesterday that warm weather had consolidated ripening, creating a major influx of grapes into the wineries at the same time.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first modern agricultural corporation in California - the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, created by Count Agoston Haraszthy - are Tom Blackwood of Buena Vista Winery, George "The Count" Webber and Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown.
Longtime grower Frank Leeds has been selected to receive the 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Leeds will be honored for his broad contributions to Napa Valley agriculture and the community on May 17 at the organization's 39th annual dinner at Black Stallion Winery in Napa.
Now the "Koshu grape" fills terraces on the foothills of Mount Fuji, where those in the know say it makes a pretty decent and uniquely Japanese white wine that industry leaders say they intend to export to the West.
Three years ago a trip to ProWein in Düsseldorf was very much a foreign affair. While there was still a strong British delegation, it was swamped by visitors from around the world - but not any more. For many in the UK wine trade, ProWein has become the most important show of the year.
For Napa Valley Grapegrowers the next couple months are possibly the most stressful time of the year. One mistake and the hope of a successful season can be reduced to crispy dead leaves and shattered hopes of a bountiful harvest.
Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts, who met while teammates on the San Francisco Giants in 2007, are the principals behind Red Stitch wine, a limited production (200 cases) cabernet sauvignon made from Napa Valley fruit.
At first glance, it seems similar to other common viruses that turn infected grapevine leaves beautiful reds in the fall, but it's distinctive and not even officially classified yet. It keeps grapes from ripening fully and accumulating enough sugar, typically limiting it to no more than 20 to 21 percent compared to 24 to 27 percent in healthy vines.
American wine consumers like wines from everywhere, according to results from the fifth Consumer Wine Awards Competition held in March in Lodi. Winners ranged from big California cabernets to delicate white wines and many shades of moscato, according to competition chairman Jim Natsis and co-chairman David Akin.
"Last week, we learned through a third party that other events were not receiving permits from the City of Portland. When we reached out to the venue, we were informed of the problem. We looked at over 40 venues as possible substitutes, but at this late date, it was impossible to find a suitable venue."
A 19th-century manor at Stags' Leap Winery will be converted from a bed-and-breakfast to a wine tasting and visitation space as part of a $2 million investment Treasury Wine Estates is putting into the property
"We are excited to see the blossoming music scene in downtown Napa. The Napa Valley Opera House, Silo's, the Uptown Theatre, and many other intimate venues around town are offering terrific music on a nightly basis. We are happy to add BottleRock to the musical renaissance in the city of Napa"
With his love of wine, he went back to school and received an enology degree from Fresno State with honors. He later worked as a cellar master, cellar supervisor and cellar rat at several premium Napa and Sonoma wineries
There are still a few wine-producing countries left on the map that command genuine novelty value. China may boast the world's fifth-largest vineyard area and a thirsty domestic population that consumes nearly all of its wine, but in fine-wine circles, its presence in Europe is still headline news.