The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Pierce's Disease (PD)/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (GWSS) Board set the wine and grape industry assessment rate for the 2013 harvest at $0.75 per $1,000 of crop value at its June 21st meeting in Sacramento, a reduction from the $1.00 per $1,000 of value levied for the 2012 harvest.
Addressing industry concerns about the spread and effects of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV), the American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) awarded more than $200,000 in research funds for its 2013-14 grant cycle for several projects to study the issue.
Popular European wine brands are making a beeline for geographical indication (GI) registration in India. This comes at a time when the country is considering a steep cut in the import duty on wines and spirits currently pegged at 150% as it negotiates a free trade agreement with the European Union.
After a two-month investigation by the FBI, Martin Christopher Edwards, who went by "Chris" in Wine Country, was accused of siphoning money from The Wine Tasting Network, a subsidiary of 1-800-Flowers.com.
Josefina Adriance, author of "Spanish for the Wine Industry," has teamed up with the online education site Quizlet to offer a new element to her program for people wanting to learn useful Spanish for work in the wine world.
One of 30 Masters of Wine in North America and 300 worldwide, Cluer will be launching his first Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) courses in the Napa Valley this August at the Villagio Inn in Yountville.
"Like the Old Vine ( "Kao Stara Loza")," a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, is the winner of the Grand Jury's Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in Carcassonne-Minervois, France.
"Membership, revenue, and LTV have each consistently shown triple-digit growth. Benefitting from a vision and leadership team that have remained virtually unchanged, our current burn and infrastructure is de minimis; we are on track to be profitable by Q4."
This year, there were 15 wineries and more than 70 vendors, including those at the craft fair at the Old Firehouse Winery. As far as attendance, Hall said the event has seen an increase each year by about 500 to 600 people. Last year's event played host to about 3,000 people.
Speaking to the drinks business, Todd Haymore, Virginian secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, said: "We know we'll never be as big as California but can we be the wine capital of the East Coast? I think so, yes."
Antonio J. Busalacchi, an atmospheric and oceanic science professor at the University of Maryland, will talk about the issue with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's atmospheric sciences group.
Researchers at University of California, Davis, in cooperation with the Yamaha Motor Corporation, are testing UAV crop dusting on the Oakville Experimental Vineyard at the UC Oakville Station using a Yamaha RMax remote-controlled helicopter.
On Friday we told you that the Washington Wine Industry Foundation recently received a $174,000 grant to develop safety education for small to mid-sized wineries. The great part about this is that while we have a year to complete the grant what we will end up with at the end of that year are various tools that we will have pre-identified as being useful to employees, full and part-time employees in small wineries.
Jean Claude Berrouet - best known for his 44 years as director of Petrus in Pomerol - has been consulting at Chateau Lafon Rochet since the 2012 vintage, but the chateau made no announcement until now.