Chris Howell, the general manager and winemaker of Cain Vineyards in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Valley and more... in a two part interview.
The headquarters of the local Aude socialist party in Carcassonne was the site of a bomb explosion around midnight on Tuesday, July 16. The letters CAV - Comité d'Action Viticole - were sprayed on to the front of the building in blue and red, suggesting the militant wine group was claiming responsibility.
An office belonging to France's ruling Socialist Party was targeted in a bomb attack this week. Graffiti left at the scene suggests militant wine growers with a grudge against the government were behind the attack.
American wine producers have their eyes on China, where a growing middle class is drinking wine. The United States exported just $74 million in wine to China in 2012, but exports are growing at nearly 20 percent a year. Vintners in Napa Valley hope to see California Cabernets on Chinese dinner tables.
French wine merchant Castel has lost its lengthy legal battle over the company's trademark in China. The case was a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against Castel by the Chinese wine distributor Panati Wine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd regarding the Chinese trademark Kasite (???), the phonetic rendition of Castel in Chinese.
That hybrid grape of Blanc du Bois is being harvested along the Gulf Coast. This Florida grape has become an established icon along the Texas Gulf Coast area as a result of the efforts of Raymond Haak of Haak Vineyards in Galveston County.
The American Farmland Trust and Napa County Farm Bureau will hold the first statewide conference in decades focusing on the preservation of California farmland, which has been in decline for about 20 years.
July and August are peak times of the year for dust mites in the United States. While many people try to avoid dust and the corresponding allergy symptoms, in the Rutherford Viticultural District of Napa Valley, Calif., dust is the king.
WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced this week an innovative partnership to showcase the impressive wines of the famed British Columbia Okanagan Valley on flights operated by WestJet Encore this summer.
Mercier has winemaking in his blood. Born in Cognac, France, he grew up in the vineyard at his family's estate. "When I was a kid I spent all my free time with my father in the vineyard, or in the winery," says Mercier. "I learned at a young age the significance of every detail when striving for the best quality."
The award was presented in recognition of Grgich's acclaim as a winemaker at the "Judgment of Paris" tasting, the Smithsonian exhibit, his success as a businessman and for his strong and continued support of Croatian culture and numerous Croatian causes.
Francois Hollande, prime minister of France, said this week that he 'can not rule out' further tax rises in 2014, prompting expectation from the wine industry of a further acceleration in chateaux sales.
From vertiginous vineyards to cellar art, disgorgement in action and the final resting place of noughties music sensation Crazy Frog, the drinks business brings you highlights from a recent trip to Germany.
I first met Robert Mondavi in 1987. We were entering an elevator at the conclusion of a dinner in San Francisco at which he had been honored. The evening was billed as something like Legends of the Napa Valley and he was one of the 12 legends acknowledged that night.
Sonoma County Winegrowers is offering what it calls "a fantasy boot camp for wine and food enthusiasts" during the September harvest that gives participants a close-up of winemaking, from picking grapes in the field and stomping them to blending wines with a pro.
Washington has 792 licensed wineries, 178 breweries and 70 distilleries, according to experts from the respective industry groups. And those numbers will continue to rise this year.The state expects another 40 breweries to open in Washington this year, and Steve Warner, the executive director of the Washington Wine Commission, said licenses are being issued to more than 10 new wineries per month.
So, how has the heat affected not only what wineries are selling but what people are tasting when they get there? Finally, are they steering away from the heavy reds? A number of regional wineries responded to those questions in an overnight email, and here's what they had to say.
A state-by-state analysis shows that, when it comes to certain immigration provisions, the economic wealth won't be spread evenly. In states such as California, Texas and Florida, more immigrants and businesses are poised to take advantage of policy changes.
Sula Vineyard, which is the largest wine producer of India, decided to make its mark in the wine market of Sikkim. The wines by Sula Vineyard are distributed by Overall Traders, which is the largest distributer of Sikkim. The Sula wines will be available at the leading retail outlets, hotels as well as restaurants of India.