Without cutting the flows dramatically now, there is a risk of the reservoir effectively running dry next summer should the drought continue.
The Water Agency plans to roll out an unusual mid-winter ad campaign next week urging sharp voluntary water conservation measures by consumers in southern Sonoma and northern Marin counties.
Wine Industry public relations experts Tim McDonald and Rusty Eddy, in a move to build a new full-service wine country agency, will combine their two independent PR/Marketing agencies as of Jan. 1, 2014.
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers' 2014 Annual Conference is the premier educational opportunity for the Northwest grape and wine industry featuring sessions and workshops for growers, viticultural staff, wineries, enologists, tasting room staff and marketers.
"We can't get a straight answer and that's why we're losing sleep over this thing. We would love to do whatever the county wants us to do. Just give us a list. Make it clear that this is what we need to do and we'll do it!"
Although overall on-premise wine sales fell 2.6 percent from May 2013 to October 2013, compared with the same period a year earlier, sales of wine grew by 10.2 percent in the limited-service sector, virtually all from fast-casual restaurants.
A call to list dry white wines from the Sauternes appellation as AOC Graves rather than simply AOC Bordeaux Blanc has divided opinion among chateau owners, some of whom fear for the future of the reigon's signature sweet wines.
In Montalcino, it's perfectly normal to discard an alarming percentage of your total production, a practice called "dropping fruit" that slices il Poggione's yield by up to 50%. In fact, it's expected, even though those grapes would otherwise be crushed and matured into top-quality Brunello, which fetches about $75 per bottle.
While Argentina is South America's largest wine producer and the world's largest producer of Malbec, its wine regions grow a wealth of varietals spanning from Torrontes to Riesling, Syrah to Bonarda, Cabernet Franc to Cabernet Sauvignon and the list goes on.
Thomas Jefferson was a failure. Yes, the man did some good work, writing the Declaration of Independence and running the country as our third president. Monticello is fairly impressive, too. But there is no way around it: As a winemaker, Jefferson was a disaster.