Lori Ajax, 48, of Fair Oaks, has been appointed chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Ajax has served in multiple positions at the Department since 1998, including deputy division chief, district administrator and supervising investigator
The statewide expansion of wine grape acreage has seen a parallel increase in the incidence of virus diseases affecting the overall growth and sustainability of Washington's grape and wine industry. As solutions are found for select virus diseases, previously unrecognized diseases such as Grapevine red blotch are emerging that could derail the industry's growth trajectory.
Winetasting Network's Napa office had been shuttered after Chris Edwards, a former senior executive at the company, was indicted for fraud by a federal grand jury and then disappeared in June. The website, winetasting.com, continued to operate out of Chicago.
Research led by Fanny Vogelweith of the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, and INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine in France indicates the moths are better adapted and more successful in certain French wine-growing regions than in others because of the grape variety and the presence or absence of their natural enemies.
Keynote presentations by Karen MacNeil, bestselling author of "The Wine Bible," educational seminars by the Culinary Institute of America, informative panels, exceptional food by noted Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, special perks and surprises, a VIP-exclusive "Cigars & Guitars" post-concert party, and world-class entertainment.
"Valley of the Moon Winery is thrilled to announce the appointment of celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner as spokesperson for its 2014 promotional campaign aptly titled A Slice of the Sonoma Lifestyle -- the Search for the Perfect Pizza."
Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." A Virginia woman took those words of wisdom to heart. She gave up a job with full benefits to start her own business and pursue her twin passions: wine and horses.
Although China currently exports only around 100,000 hectolitres of wine a year, a report, entitled 'The Post-Recessionary Face of the West European Wine Market', states that the country is already a top-ten global wine producer and consumer.
That bill, S.B. 169, was introduced with language that would have limited special events at wineries to 12 per year, although steps were already being taken to amend that shortly after the session opened Wednesday morning.
Magnums of Prosecco and Champagne surged in popularity over Christmas, according to UK supermarket Sainsbury's, with several retailers including Majestic and Tesco reporting higher festive wine sales versus 2012.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today it has purchased what is known as a "conservation easement" on the property. That means the property can remain in private hands, but must remain a vineyard even if sold. The easement also establishes permanent environmental protections on land surrounding a stream and gorge on the property's northern edge.
It is vital the industry's major wine companies start to invest major sums in their brands if they are to compete against other drinks categories, has warned former Treasury Wine Estates chief, David Dearie.