"We are enormously grateful for Pat's tireless work on behalf of our community and wine industry's issues," said Linda Reiff, executive director of the Napa Valley Vintners. "Pat gained our respect and admiration because she was willing to step up and take on some pretty weighty topics when others were afraid to do the right thing."
The owners of a Downtown Lodi tasting room want to build their own winery, the company that owns a Guild Avenue winery wants to build a tasting room and a Lodi Avenue restaurant will be revitalized. These wining and dining upgrades are part of Lodi's vision to make the city a wine tasting tourist destination, Lodi Planning Commission staff say.
The Petaluma Gap itself is home to six small family-operated wineries, only three of which have tasting rooms. The challenge is that since the Gap is selling most of its grapes to other wineries, it has not established a cohesive story around its distinctive attributes.
In 1973, with pretty much no clue of what might come, the Miller family planted Bien Nacido Vineyard on the northern hills of the Santa Maria Valley, where only a couple of other vineyards then existed.
Ask any veteran winemaker in Virginia what tempted him (or her) to make wine in such a challenging climate and the answer is almost always something like this: I wanted to make wine in a place where good wine was on its way to becoming world-class wine.
Founder and CEO Michael Dorf says that he has finalized the deal to take over the landmark Napa Valley Opera House. It's a move that has been brewing for some time, amidst a fair amount of controversy, but the lease is now done, meaning that Dorf will open the third outpost of his City Winery concept in Napa, joining similar branches in New York and Chicago.
"We finished our white grape harvest this past July 29 and the quality of the Blanc du Bois was outstanding all across the coastal region of Texas including our growers near Longview, in Harleton, Texas. Due to the extreme drought conditions that all of Texas is experiencing, all of my growers harvested, on average, 36-percent less than their estimated tonnages."
Port Sorell winery Ghost Rock's $1 million expansion dream took another step towards reality when plans were tabled at the Latrobe Council on Monday night. The $1 million development, which will see a new winery and interpretation centre built on the site, is pending council approval.
I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.