A record-breaking total of $1,086,350 in contributions to 44 Sonoma County non-profit organizations was distributed today from the hugely successful 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Over 100 guests representing Sonoma County's wine industry leadership, nonprofit organizations, local dignitaries, and top donors celebrated the momentous donation at a luncheon hosted by the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma Valley.
Wine industry people on the move from March 4 to March 10-New appointments from Jackson Family Wines, The Ranch Winery, Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Advisory Board, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, J Vineyards & Winery and more.
a first-of-its-kind collaboration between five prestigious wineries-- Silver Oak, Far Niente, Pride Mountain, Gargiulo Vinyards, and Casa Piena-- and David Pack, legendary producer, vocalist, and hit-maker
About 20 regional wineries are stops along the tour, which gives customers a passport to a month's worth of weekend events. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, guests can taste test, sample food and get a better look at how local wine is made. The tour is hosted by the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tickets sell for $25 per person and $15 for designated drivers, and are valid all month.
Cornell researchers found that customer service is the most important factor in boosting tasting room sales, but sensory descriptions of what flavors consumers might detect were a turn-off. The findings stem from two studies on how the tasting room experience affects customer purchases and what wineries can do to create satisfied sippers, published in the current issue of the International Journal of Wine Business Research.
An interesting trade opportunity to taste Greek wines from six producers, including Yliana Stengou, presenting her Domaine Porto Carras varietals, will take place Tuesday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mani Imports, 3601 Parkway Place in West Sacramento
Four of Texas' most distinguished wineries - Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars - have launched a new marketing initiative called "Texas Fine Wine" to promote their award-winning wines as some of the best in the state and their wineries as top wine tourism destinations.
Wine, both in bottles and bulk, are a worldwide commodity. As such, members of the wine industry need to be aware of the current world situation. Rabobank International's Vernon Crowder, who has more than 30 years of experience in financial analysis of California agricultural commodities, will discuss the global economic outlook, a forecast of exchange rates, and macro implications for the overall global economy, including wine consumption at WiVi Central Coast 2014.
Artemis Domaines, the company that owns Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour, has acquired a large minority stake in Château Siaurac & Co., according to Siaurac owner and manager Paul Goldschmidt. Siaurac includes three Right Bank estates-Château Le Prieuré in St.-Emilion, Château Vray Croix de Gay in Pomerol and Château Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol-for a total of 143 acres of vines.
Modesto-area wine grape growers, who have enjoyed good times in the past few years, might have to dig in to endure the drought.. One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day.
Wine consumption in India is likely increase to 2.1 million cases by 2017, 73 percent higher than 1.21 million cases in 2013, said a survey today. Spirits consumption is also likely to increase in the next five years to 373.5 million cases, an increase of over 20 percent from 2013 level, said the study by Vinexpo.
"The worries are over for now," said Dan Partridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Ecology. "Right now, snowpack and stream-flow figures and all the indicators make it pretty certain that we won't have to worry about any kind of statewide drought."
A state advisory board is asking Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to approve an emergency drought declaration in Crook County. Should the Governor approve that request, Crook would become the fifth Oregon county to declare a drought emergency so far this year.
On voice vote and without debate, the House last Wednesday approved a bill (H 228) that would legalize Sunday morning alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. - two hours earlier than allowed under current law