The Washington State University Wine Science Center should be completed by fall. Donations by the Mercer family and T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, were announced at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Safeway last week expanded its 90-day exclusive sales agreement for the paper-bottle-around-a-bladder Paper Boy brand by another two or three months, and Truett-Hurst has already started shipping to areas without Safeway-related
Specialty Crop Block Grant annual funding was increased to $85 million from $55 million. Wine organizations, including Wine Institute and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, have tapped the competitive grant program in the past.
Ontario recently announced that wines bearing the VQA designation and made solely from Ontario grapes could be sold at farmers markets, while a three-location pilot of boutiques selling exclusively VQA wines would be expanded.
The office received, "a petition containing evidence that the name 'Black Spanish' is a recognized synonym commonly used in Texas for the name 'Lenoir', which is an already approved grape variety name," giving her cause to allow the winery and all other bonded wineries use of 'Black Spanish' as a name.
Texas' 275-plus wineries are similar to California wineries in that most wineries rely on outside vineyards to provide grapes to make up for limited winery production of grapes. There are only two wineries in Texas that are 100-percent Estate Wineries, being Pheasant Ridge Winery north of Lubbock and Kiepersol Winery near Tyler.
While wines from most countries are purchased both by high-end and value-conscious Americans alike, Greek wines are the preserve of the first group - which is mysterious, because most Greek wines aren't that expensive.
Water is not an issue of importance in the West. It is the issue of importance. The stakes are huge. Some $51 billion in crops are grown across the West. That provides milk, vegetables, grains, berries, fruits - more than 300 different crops in all - to Americans and much of the world.
Severely mangled and trapped in the rollers of a potato harvester, Darren Taylor literally held on for life: "I had to stay awake to keep out of that machine. I was shouting, 'You're not going to pull me through.'"
Beaujolais producers have distanced themselves from a local wine showing the controversial 'quenelle' sign on its label. Some have associated the quenelle sign with antisemitism, likening it to an upside down Nazi salute with one arm down straight and the other placed across the chest. But, others argue it is merely anti-establishment.
Last month the trio won first place at a wine competition held at the French consulate in New York, besting representatives from eight U.S. schools and winning a place in an international competition to be held on the hallowed grounds of Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, France.
When you grow grapes to make wine in California, the mention of "D4" can wither you on the spot. "D4" is the classification used by the interagency U.S. Drought Monitor reserved for dry spells so intense they occur fewer than once in 50 years, with more than 98 percent of California land now considered at least abnormally dry.
As natural wines are seeping into the consciousness of Bay Area wine buyers, there is bound to be confusion. If you are curious, there are a couple of handfuls of producers from California dedicated to natural winemaking. Here are the most consistent and some of the wines to look for