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03/26/14

Coastal and inland areas agree: growing season is off to a quick start

03/26/14

New shop-built weather towers enable grape growers to assess effectiveness of wind machines for frost protection in their own vineyards.

03/26/14

The second annual WiVi Central Coast concluded its two-day wine industry conference and trade show with more than 1,400 total attendees (almost 1,000 attendees and over 400 exhibitor staff).

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The strategic agreement between VATS Liquor and Constellation is anticipated to last for a few decades. Both companies will work to grow the marketplace share of the Robert Mondavi brand through Constellation's brand management expertise and VATS' vast distribution network and knowledge of the Chinese consumer

03/26/14

Trustees of Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, presented over $13 million in grant checks today to charitable organizations which serve Collier County's underprivileged and at-risk children.

03/26/14

Chien has been the viticulture educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension since 2000, and with each passing year had more influence in the type and quality of wine grown in the region than anyone I've met since starting this blog almost six years ago. He truly became a friend not only to those who grow grapes in Pennsylvania, but throughout the region.

03/26/14

Passionate Napa Valley chef Donna Scala succumbed to cancer at her Napa home Tuesday morning. Diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor last year, the popular, industrious restaurateur had celebrated her 60th birthday earlier this year

03/26/14

The future of Crimea is uncertain and the local wine industry is wondering how the unrest will affect it.

03/26/14

To help you in managing this crop threat, University of California plant pathologists have developed the powdery mildew index (PMI) model. It assesses the risk of disease development by relating it to air temperature and tells you how often you need to spray to protect the vines.

03/26/14

When it comes to detecting and treating vineyards for grapevine canker diseases (also called trunk diseases), like Botryosphaeria dieback (Bot canker), Esca, Eutypa dieback and Phomopsis dieback, the earlier the better, says plant pathologist Kendra Baumgartner, with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, based at the University of California, Davis. That's why she's leading a team of researchers and UC Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors to develop tools that will enable growers to do just that.

03/26/14

A Tulare County judge has ordered a landowner to stop pumping groundwater in the southern San Joaquin Valley and moving it off the property, to the relief of an irrigation district that wants to keep water available for landowners fighting the drought

03/26/14

The USA, Canada and China are to remain top investment targets for importers for the next 20 years according to a report by Wine Intelligence.

03/26/14

A long-awaited interpretive center for Washington's wine industry opened quietly in Prosser earlier this year. While the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center's building is complete, some finishing touches are needed to complete the center's ability to tell that story.

03/26/14

At yesterday's meeting of Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute Board of Directors, Dr. Armand Gilinsky was announced as the next F. Korbel & Bros. Professor of Wine Business. The professorship, which was established in 2011 and held for the first three years by Dr. Liz Thach, is supported by Korbel Champagne Cellars and its president and owner Gary Heck to cultivate faculty research and projects that advance the wine industry and its leaders.

03/26/14

The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) announced details for its second annual CABs of Distinction events, April 22 - 26, 2014.

03/26/14

Wine tourism in Argentina is on the rise, spurred on by the devalued peso that has recently dropped 30% against the US dollar. This makes visiting Argentina attractive not only to Americans, but to many Brazilians as well who find excellent deals on wine and food.

03/26/14

Chef Mario Batali agrees to settle charges brought by the State Liquor Authority. The closure will last six months and include the payment of a half-million dollar fine.

03/26/14

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today allocated $8.6 million in one-time funding to help repair and maintain some of the county's ailing rural roads, outlining nearly 40 miles of high-priority routes subject to improvements during the summer of 2014.

03/26/14

California and U.S. water agencies say they're working together to make more water available for agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. An order was issued March 18 to provide more flexibility in pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

03/26/14

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is taking it upon themselves to make sure money for FFA leadership training and other agriculture education programs is retained in the state budget. Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, has amassed 32 cosponsors to his bill that would ensure funding for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant program, which Gov. Jerry Brown cut in his January budget proposal.

03/26/14

Some new plantings of permanent crops - tree nuts, vines, and others - are on hold due to California's epic drought, says Rabobank Senior Analyst Vernon Crowder.

03/26/14

More needs to be done to tackle a "significant" rise in alcohol consumption in the UK, the director of alcohol and drugs at Public Health England has warned.

03/26/14

Burgundy's growing season is already some two weeks ahead of itself due to a warm start to spring, prompting fears of frost damage.

03/26/14

English Wine Producers hosted an official launch event at ProWein yesterday for the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016, revealing early details of the programme.

03/26/14

This is the fourth in a series of case studies that looks at the category of urban wineries as a business model. Our previous posts considered factors such as high volume, targeted marketing, diverse revenue streams, and tightly restricted budgeting. Today we look at the Teutonic Wine Company, who make a successful practice out of doing exactly what they are not expected to do.

03/26/14

A boom in wine-tasting shops in Carmel will come under scrutiny Tuesday at a special workshop of the city Planning Commission. The commission will weigh whether a 3-year-old city policy on wine-tasting shops should be changed in light of "a marked increase" in wine shops in Carmel's commercial district.

03/26/14

Baker & Brain, Clos Solène, Aaron Wines and Nicora can all be considered part of the growing Garagiste movement in Paso Robles - passionate, small-lot winemakers who do things on their own terms. They farm their grapes themselves on leased acreage, or spend hours visiting vineyards and talking with the growers to source their fruit.

03/26/14

American wine exports - 90 per cent of which are from California - reached a record high $1.55 billion in revenue in 2013, up 16.4 per cent compared with the previous year. In all, California exports one fifth of its production and is on track to reach its goal of $2 billion in exports by 2020.

03/26/14

Simone Castellarin grew up in the vineyards of Northern Italy. Now he wants to share his wine-growing knowledge with B.C. growers

03/26/14

The cold and seemingly endless winter will likely have little effect on the 2014 grape harvest in Lancaster County. According to Mark Chien, viticulture extension educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension, local wineries still have the potential to have very good 2014 vintages.

03/26/14

Facing limited supplies of water this spring for sprinkler frost protection and the prospect of continued uncertainty regarding availability of water for frost protection in the future, more and more coastal growers are turning their attention to wind machines.

03/26/14

he platform was born out of a custom project that the point-of-sale technology startup created for HALL Wines in California's Napa Valley.

03/26/14

GE Capital International has provided a US $300m cross-border financing facility to Accolade Wines, the largest wine company by volume of wine sold in Australia and the UK

03/26/14

Should you be lucky enough this spring to traverse through northern California's wine country, you won't only need a designated driver, you'll need a good map. There are so many vineyards in the region, you'll get whiplash on the drive on Highway 29 from trying to spot them all.

03/26/14

New restrictions have been placed on an important crop protection tool used on more than 40 different California fruit, vegetable, tree and vine crops

03/26/14

You already know that expectations can color your experiences, but when it comes to wine, it's especially true. This video from Science Friday explains why our expectations and our environment plays such a huge role in how we perceive this ancient drink.