The rumor spread like wildfire via phone calls, text messages and social media postings and has persisted now for more than three weeks: Immigration agents are rounding up unauthorized workers in Central California farming communities
According to the publication, its judges lauded CSWA in the generic organization category for achievements in gaining broad program participation by the state's wineries and vineyards. They also recognized CSWA's "constant process of review and improvement, as well as the transparency of its reporting."
Jackson Family Wines announced it has purchased additional property in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The new vineyard sites complement acquisitions made earlier this year, and support the company's plans to produce high-end wines, particularly Pinot Noir, in the region.
In addition to a trendy focus on direct sales to consumers, his company has an unusual financing model and disdain for many practices held almost sacred in Napa Valley. That includes a focus on brands, pretentiousness, expensive packaging - and high prices.
Boisset Family Estates says its California wineries, Raymond Vineyards and DeLoach Vineyards, will be 100 percent solar powered with the completion of solar installations this summer; and Raymond Vineyard's Napa Valley estate vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena became certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers and certified biodynamic by Demeter USA.
Kingston Estate Wines, a South Australia-based family-owned winery, has appointed Young & Rashleigh Wine Merchants (YRWM) as a distributor for its wines in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory.
Speaking in London last night, Neil McGuigan, chief executive of Australian Vintage, announced that mature vintages of the McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon will be released in the UK later in the year.
"If you told me six months ago that I could find 40 lunatics to buy that wine, I would have told you you were crazy," said St. John Frizell, owner of Fort Defiance, a restaurant-bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
One of California's landmark boutique wineries, historic Mayacamas Vineyard, located near the top of Mount Veeder, has been acquired from Bob Travers and investors by venture capitalist Charles Banks and his wife, Ali, in partnership with billionaire entrepreneur Jay Schottenstein, and his son, Joey.
Half a dozen mothers from small town and rural Sebastopol in Northern California quickly rallied hundreds of people to their side to challenge Sonoma County's Paul Hobbs Winery. He wants to convert a 40-acre apple orchard into a vineyard that would use pesticides; it borders five schools on Watertrough Road, including Apple Blossom and Orchard View.
He is dead-serious about making wine and you can almost see the wheels turning when he's presented with a challenge. In fact, he got his job at Brengman last year when he successfully saved a batch of frozen peaches from Brengman's orchard by turning it into a sparkling honey peach cider.
"The Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is excited about creating a wine trail in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, New York's newest wine region," said Gerry Barnhart, the association's acting chair, who owns Victory View Vineyard in Washington County.
Lydig Construction Inc. and ALSC Architects PS, both of Spokane, have been selected by the Wine Science Center Development Authority to construct a $23 million research and teaching facility at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.
In a speech to be delivered Thursday to the Economic Club of Canada, Ian Baillie, executive director, Alliance of Beverage Licensees B.C., also encourages Ontario to stay away from putting beers in corner stores, warning that problems outweigh the benefits of convenience.
The University of California Davis reports that it has earned a worldwide top ranking for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry. The QS World University Rankings, which were released today, also recognized UC Davis in several other categories, according to a news release.