While the entire state deals with drought, vineyards and other agriculture businesses in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County face a steeper uphill battle over groundwater in the ebbing Paso Robles basin. Wine industry stakeholders are divided and seeking legal remedies ranging from an injunction against a county moratorium on new water use to a bill that would create a California Water District.
The 156-page plan, prepared jointly by state and federal agencies, addresses federal Central Valley Project and State Water Project operations, and spells out detailed approaches to balancing fisheries, habitat and human requirements in the event of a fourth dry year in 2015.
A small winery owned by long-time Galt-area farmers Richard and Janis Barsetti Gray plans to expand into downtown Galt if the city's council gives its approval. It would be the first wine tasting room in Galt in the last several years. Earlier this month the Galt Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow wine tasting in Galt's downtown area, clearing the way for the Barsetti Vineyards' proposed tasting room to open, pending approval for wine tasting in the downtown from Galt City Council, which is expected to take up the issue at its May 6 meeting.
The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced the program for the 19th Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar set for Wednesday, May 14 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, California. The seminar will feature a dynamic line-up of wine and agriculture leaders including Karen Ross, Secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture. Speakers will present information, share ideas and discuss some of the hottest vineyard and wine business topics including the drought, water issues, the bulk wine business and land use.
Steady as she goes seems to be the operative phrase for Americans about the economy, at least recently, according to a new survey by Gallup Inc. Its newest "Economic Confidence Index," released Tuesday, is steady at a -16, compared with -15 the prior week. The average index score for 2014 to date is also -16.
Established in 2009, Sonoma State Cellars is composed of graduate students who learn more about the business side of wine by managing and marketing a wine product. The winery partners sell the wine through their respective bonds, and proceeds go back into the Wine Business Institute to support the Sonoma State Cellars program.
Winesong 2014 (www.winesong.org) announced that Joseph F. Harbison, III and Patricia A. Harbison are this year's Honorary Chairs. Joe, an AV-rated attorney in Martindale-Hubble, and Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy (who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court), and wife Pat, a Mentor Teacher and Education Specialist in Gifted and Talented Education, are prominent Oakville owners of Harbison Estate Wines.
The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, an alliance of the appellation's winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district's world-class grapes, announced today that Rancho Cielo will be the group's official charity partner for this year's SLH Gala.
"When our current structure was put in place there were 131 grape wineries in BC, today there are 235. While that growth has propelled the BC wine industry to contribute $2 billion a year to the BC economy, the current board of directors believes now is the time to give pause and ensure the BCWI is structured properly for our continued success in the future."
Wine actually tastes different depending on the conditions in which it is drunk, with light and sound impacting on how fresh, fruity, bitter or acidic the drink is perceived.
Next month Charles Spence, professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, will test the theory in the biggest multi-sensory experiment even conducted into the psychology of drinking wine
Another year of the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival passed this weekend in Pebble Beach, California. But, before we turn the page on the 2014 edition, here are some final thoughts on the weekend that was from Eater LA associate editor Matthew Kang
This is the first in a series of regional profiles that spotlight Sauvignon Blanc in a given region. Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc.
A proposal that has been tabled for this year would allow farmers and ranchers to be paid to help other entities such as cities meet federally mandated water quality standards. Bill supporters plan to bring it back next year. -
A proposed 100,000-gallon winery on Yountville Hill has attracted strong opposition from some neighbors who say it will be ill-suited and precedent-setting for the Napa Valley, although proponents call the winery appropriately sized. It would be a two-story, glass-enclosed winery, which is seeking approval for up to 285 visitors day and would be reached by a winding driveway with parking lots accessible from Highway 29.
The mainstays of the region's wine production are high-altitude, mineral-driven Malbec, and surprisingly approachable, soft-edged Tannat (a wine often with hard tannins), both showing promise as foils to Mendoza's warmer, riper styles. The third, but perhaps most important grape, is a white variety called Torrontés.
Although the second most planted grape variety in Napa is Chardonnay-and the region is famous for it-Napa's white wines have often been knocked as lacking the fruit and vibrancy found in wines grown in cooler areas. And yet, these whites have a distinguished history. In the years following the repeal of Prohibition, Napa Valley Sémillon, Sylvaner, Folle Blanche, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and many others, including Chardonnay, were esteemed on restaurant wine lists.
Unlike other partial privatization plans -- such as Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi's proposal to sell wine in grocery stores -- the coalition said this wouldn't devalue the state store system over time, or continue to pit the interests of various alcohol manufactures and sellers against one another.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Bernard Goyette has invented a chamber that allows winemakers to dry grapes appassimento style while controlling climate, air flow and humidity using a unique method.
The mission of the One Bottle One Tree® program is to help restore tree cover and plant trees in areas most in need of reforestation - primarily in tropical locations that have the most beneficial impact on the environment - by using agroforestry techniques tailored to the needs of the community
While Washington growers continue to expand their acreage, many B.C. growers are landlocked and disenchanted by the high costs of apple production coupled with variable returns. In the last 25 years, the area planted to apples in British Columbia has shrunk from 22,000 acres to 8,420 acres today. B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative, which handles most of the province's wholesale apples, packs about 4 million boxes annually.
Australia's winemakers have warned since last year of slowing demand in one of its most important growth markets, with other international beverage companies across wine and spirits also forced to scale down their earnings targets as Chinese drinkers stay away from upmarket restaurants, bars and tone down their schmoozing of government officials