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Research to simulate winter drought for vines
Michael McCarthy says drip irrigation waters just a small part of the root system and might not make up for a lack of winter rain.
Jackson Family Wines Purchases Additional Willamette Valley Vineyards (Press Release)
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.
From Grief to Growth at Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines has added 14 new properties and 2,800 acres to the company's portfolio-bringing the total number of acres close to 35,000 world-wide.
Cider Sales Boom As Category Sees Entry Of Big Players
Hard cider sales are showing remarkable growth in the U.S. market as new brands inject dynamism into the category. Eagerly tapping into the trend, brewers including Boston Beer Co., MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch InBev and others have all jumped into the cider pool.
Sonoma: The grape guy from corn country steps down
Rep. Jared Huffman, four county supervisors and 500 local growers, makers and advocates of wine came to wish Nick Frey a happy retirement and thank him for his historic contributions to the quality and renown of the Sonoma County grape.
Allied Grape Growers founding president Robert "Bob" Charles McInturf Passes Away at 93
Robert "Bob" Charles McInturf, age 93, passed away in Rocklin, California on Thursday May 2, 2013 of natural causes.
Immigrant raid rumor fuels fear in Central Calif
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
King Cab comes in all shapes, prices and now regions
The Northwest, particularly Washington, has distinguished itself in recent years as a prime region for the king of wines.
Glasshous Wine Company Creates First Crowd-funded Winery with Social Mission
Glasshaus Wine Company, based in Petaluma, offers a new twist on the traditional winery wine club program through a crowd-funded subscription model to finance its yearly production costs.
The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts
Named in honor of Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in the Napa Valley, and his wife, arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem, the museum is expected to break ground next year. Jan Shrem made the museum possible with a $10 million gift to the university in 2011.
Constellation Brands drives travel retail growth with Great Estates launch
Constellation Brands will showcase a bundled cross-portfolio of luxury products called 'Great Estates' at the TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition next week.
Spelletich Family Wine Co. Opens Tasting Room
For the first time in 20 years, the Spelletich Family Wine Company has opened its first tasting room.
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Receives Drinks Business 2013 Green Award
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."
Farmworkers fired for seeking shelter from California wildfire
A group of farm laborers who chose to seek shelter from the suffocating smoke of a California wildfire last week were terminated for taking a break.
Natural Merchants to launch Pizzolato Moscato wine
Wine producer Natural Merchants is set to introduce Pizzolato Moscato wine made with 100 percent organically grown grapes on May 9 2013 to celebrate National Moscato Day.
Distell to preview Nederburg wines at LIWF
Distell is to preview its wines for the Nederburg Auction at the London International Wine Fair.
Anne Krebiehl on the McGuigan Bin Series 9000
Rarely have food and wine been so well matched as on Tuesday evening at Alyn Williams at the Westbury Hotel for the Neil McGuigan dinner, which presented 10 vintages of Hunter Valley Semillon from 2003 to 2012.
UK: Funkin to invest £500k in at-home opportunity
Cocktail mixers company Funkin is to invest more than £500,000 this summer in an attempt to "grow cocktail awareness and the at-home cocktail opportunity."
Tasmania seeks to tempt Champagne investors
Officials in Tasmania are seeking to persuade Champagne houses to invest in their island's potential.
Gerard Basset honoured at Decanter Man of the Year presentation
'The award is only given to those who made a difference to the world of wine - and whose influence lives on.'
English wine producers 'fingers crossed' for 2012
English wine producers have their fingers crossed for a good 2013 in which to fill their cellars after a poor 2012 and release the 2009 vintage.
Let's talk about Burgenland
Austria's efforts to develop a market for its red wines should centre on a flagship region rather than grape variety, according to many in the UK trade.
Naked Wines' customers save vandal-struck British winemaker
Katie Jones, who is based in the Languedoc area of Tuchan, lost the entire 2012 vintage of her Grenache Gris last month when vandals broke in and opened the tanks.
The best beer towns in the US
As part of its "Best of USA" series CNN Travel has revealed the best beer towns that America has to offer.
UK: Champagne chaos for footballing firefighters
Champagne celebrations left a football team of firefighters red-faced after their bubbly spraying set off the fire alarms.
Q&A: Meet the 'Mommy' Behind MommyJuice Wines
Two years ago, Cheryl Durzy, a wine industry veteran and mother of two, branched off of her family-run Clos LaChance Winery to pursue her own business with moms specifically in mind.
World's best-selling wine writer sells off private cellar
Hugh Johnson auction includes vintages dating back to 1830, 1945 Chateau Latour and 1971 German riesling for £6,000
Eric Asimov: Turn a Colorblind Eye to Your Spring Wine
"I've picked 20 great spring wines"
Sir Alex Ferguson looking to buy French vineyard say reports
Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to be interested in acquiring a vineyard in France, following his impending retirement from Manchester United football club.
Moet Hennessy toasts launch of Yunnan winery
Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of the French luxury group LVMH, has launched a new winery in Deqin county, in Yunnan province, and officials said the company is planning to boost its presence further in China
Christie's launches agency to help Chinese buy wineries
Christie's is capitalising on the thirst for wealthy Chinese consumers to buy wineries by opening the world's first estate agency for would-be vineyard buyers
Chateau La Fleur Jonquet sold to Chinese architect
La Fleur Jonquet will become Li's third wine property in Bordeaux, where he already owns Chateau La Dominante, in Saint--Denis de Pile and Chateau Lucas in Castillon-la-Bataille
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Tickets On Sale May 16 (Press Release)
Sonoma County's Largest Charitable Fundraiser Set for August 30 - September 1, 2013 - Presented by Visa Signature®
Wineries Rock at Napa Festival
Five-day BottleRock concert-comedy series places emphasis on wine
BottleRock 2014 dates announced right before last Sunday show
Emboldened by their overall success, organizers announced before the five-day event's final show Sunday that BottleRock will be back for a second year. BottleRock 2014 will be three days, from May 9-11. Tickets are on sale now
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