St. Helena's Ehlers Estate started its 2013 harvest at 4 a.m. Monday with sauvignon blanc. This year, as is tradition, the eight vineyard workers were joined by office and hospitality staff who wanted to get up early and pick grapes.
According to a recent study commissioned by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association, more than 700,000 gallons of wine were produced by the 39 wineries in the state in 2012, resulting in an estimated revenue of more than $39 million.
Hispanics are projected to be the fastest growing ethnic minority in the U.S. over the next 20 years, and because they don't drink as much wine per capita as other groups, offer an opportunity for winemakers, says a new report from Rabobank N.A.
The seven sisters's wines will now appear in as many as 300 of the world's largest retailer's U.S. stores from this month. Wal-Mart, which will be carrying five of the wines, chose Seven Sisters "because it will bring a new variety of wines to our customers and help meet their needs."
While the European 2013 harvest is several weeks behind schedule, California's 2013 harvest, which began the first of August for sparkling wines produced in the region, is ahead of schedule and looking to be of a good quality and quantity.
Orin Swift Cellars has been creating wines in the Napa Valley since 1998, when David Swift Phinney took two tons of zinfandel grapes and began a decade of personally crafting wine for himself and others as he grew his company into a multinational brand.