Cellar Mates is a new winery concept established by Becky and Lowell Zelinski who also own First Crush Cellars. The Zelinskis started First Crush Wine Experience in 2008 by offering consumers unique and extraordinary "berry-to-bottle" wine experiences.
Stephen Nuske, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is leading a trial of an automated grape-counting system he hopes will help vineyard managers to produce better wine.
Although no one knows for sure how many acres of North County wine-grapes could be planted in the near future, those familiar with the local wine industry say estimates range from 3,000 to 8,000 acres of new vines.
"To them, wine is the new black. It goes with everything and it travels very well. We should take note of the fact that wine drinkers are in very big numbers on Facebook, on Twitter. There are very high numbers of users of Yelp."
Wine sales overall were up 3.1 percent for the year ended March 31, bringing $123.1 million into NSLC coffers. Sales of local vintages rose 21.9 percent to $1.7 million over the same period, the Crown corporation reported Wednesday.
"Equity for Punks", an innovative crowdfunding scheme launched by BrewDog, Scotland's largest independent brewery and Britain's fastest growing food and drinks brand, raised over a million pounds in its first 24 hours on June 20.
Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, says as more Chinese get into drinking and collecting wine, the more fake bottles that are being produced, particularly the more expensive they get.
"The festival is limited to fifty wineries this year, so if you see more than that listed on the website I've cheated," says Meridith Moore, Events Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Canada is tightening the rules for producing its popular icewine, a sweet dessert wine that is only made in cold climates, to crack down on fraudsters who sell mislabeled bottles that don't make the grade.
The attack on Chinese students in Hostens, a small town in the South-west of France, allegedly by a group of French youngsters, followed by the largest international wine fair, Vinexpo, in Bordeaux, where Chinese investors were very much present -- and active -- have triggered much talk in France about Chinese investment in the country's vineyards and a backlash against it.
Pennsylvania's Republican senators plan to take their disagreements over legislation to liberalize Pennsylvania's laws on wine, liquor and beer sales to the chamber's floor on Thursday, amid signs of growing desperation among Republican majority leaders to reach a consensus on issues that are important to Gov. Tom Corbett.
A supermajority of senators passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a path to citizenship while sending $30 billion to the southern border to beef up security.