The Northwest is well positioned to make wine into the future despite global climate change. So says a scientist who presented his findings on climate change and wine at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Monday.
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.
Following are profiles of the top day-to-day leaders from the Business Journal's lists of the largest independently owned wineries under 100,000 cases, published in March, and the largest wine companies, published in May.
In a sign of renewed crunch on North Coast wine storage space, Alexander Valley Cellars overflowed the other half of Sonoma County's largest warehouse in just two months and now is looking for a fourth facility.
It's hard to put a number on celebrity wines, a category that includes singers, sports stars, chefs and more. But Danny Brager, vice president for alcoholic beverages at market research firm Nielsen, says there's close to 100 on the market at the moment.
Lower booze prices and convenience are two key findings of a detailed economic study of expanded alcohol sales in Ontario. A system blending the LCBO with private sales similar to the system used in British Columbia would increase the amount of money the province gets from alcohol sales and result in lower prices, University of Waterloo economist Anindya Sen said.
Wine Country Ontario is challenging Ontario consumers to discover, capture and share the moments and rich experiences of our local wine country by asking them to imagine and ultimately Tweet the 'untweetable'.
This past year, county producers increased the farm gate by 7 percent to a total farm gate value of $4.14 billion. This increase was especially evident in wine grapes and strawberries that achieved solid increases year-over-year.
January through June in San Luis Obispo will go down as the third driest such period on record at Cal Poly (home of climatology for the city) since 1870, when weather observations started. Since January, Cal Poly has recorded only 3.5 inches of rain. Normally, it should be about 15 inches.
Manuel Jimenez went from farmworker to world-renowned farming authority, all while living in and serving his Central Valley hometown - the small, rural community of Woodlake in Tulare County. The University of California Cooperative Extension advisor, who worked with small family farmers in Tulare County for 33 years, retires this month.
Executive Director Tom Wark, who also runs the wine blog Fermentation, announced the group's launch yesterday saying "new laws and regulations represent the interests of the alcohol beverage trade, not the consumers."
Once dismissed as the exclusive preserve of Japanese restaurants, devotees of sake say it is enjoying a growth in popularity in France with the opening of sakebars and a growing number of wine merchants that stock it.
Premier Wine Blends proudly announces they will be working with Grayson College in Denison, Texas to offer an Internship Program for students working on a degree or certification in Viticulture and Enology.