After nearly two dry months in what is normally a very wet period, the central Sierra snowpack stood at 12%. A storm in late January raised it to 18%, and more snow over the past week brought it to 36%
Less than a year after signing contracts with Barnes & Noble, Apple and Amazon to distribute a line of interactive e-books based on their best-selling "The California Directory of Fine Wineries" travel series, Sonoma-based book publisher Wine House Press will launch the new products on April 7.
You may have trouble believing that today's mammoth snow-and-ice storm on the East Coast has anything to do with climate change, even though there's strong scientific evidence that global warming makes erratic weather in the U.S. more likely by disrupting the jet stream.
The maker of Mumm champagne and Jacob's Creek wines is scouting for acquisitions in Chinese wines, a segment that could tap into the emergence of a new middle class and rapid urbanization, Chief Executive Pierre Pringuet said.
When you think of Australia, you naturally think of big, expressive Shiraz blends or creamy, oaked Chardonnay, so it's easy to overlook the fact that Riesling is one of the country's principal grape varieties
Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.
Most everyday wine consumers are not aware that Austria produces excellent wine from both red and white grape varieties. But, for those in the trade, it is old news that Austria's top wines are capable of standing up to anything else in the world in quality terms
For most of us, wine is just one of life's many small pleasures. But for a small segment of the human population, wine is an extremely expensive hobby bordering on obsession. Within this genus of wine lovers - call it hominem oenophilis - there are at least four separate species.
As we previously reported, the number of wineries, breweries and distilleries in Silicon Valley are all on the rise. To put that growth into perspective, we charted growth in each of those three industries (see the graphics in this story for a full breakdown).
Kansas House members approved a bill that eases restrictions on home brewing with a 111-7 vote, sending the measure to the Senate. The bill allows brewers to share as long as they do not sell their brew for profit.
More than 50 countries were represented at this year's World Ag Expo, which boasts 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space on 260 acres of show grounds. With 1,500 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees, World Ag Expo is the world's largest annual agricultural exposition
Wine consumers in the U.S. have a problem. Our government is one of the few in the world not to take action to protect consumers from being misled by erroneous wine labeling that suggests a wine made in the U.S. is actually from one of the world's special winemaking areas that have a long tradition, particular soils and climates, and strict rules on what can be bottled and sold as wine from that region
Treasury Wine Estates is under renewed pressure to sell its troubled US division after a report from Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington declared the company could deliver at least $2 billion in extra value to shareholders by breaking itself up.
One set of experiments showed that the same wine, when thought to cost $45 vs. $5, was not only rated better by tasters but actually lit up the pleasure center of their brains more. In short, it really did taste better to them.
The storm is just the latest in a series of wintry blasts across much of the eastern half of the nation. And this one was taking a severe toll: At least 20 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the weather, and hundreds of thousands of people remained without power Thursday.