Is To Kalon a place? A brand? A historical landmark? Certainly it's a vineyard. But whose? Six owners lay claim to portions of this 678-acre site in western Oakville. But do all of these portions count as the "true" To Kalon? Who's entitled to use the To Kalon name? And who decides?
There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to respected wine marketer, commentator, and former advertising executive, Reka Haros. If you are up for the ride she lays it out in no uncertain times why, in her view, wine communications suck. Why we as an industry continue to be obsessed about wine as a product and how it is made whenever we try and market it - and not how it can engage and matter to consumers when they try and buy it.
For the western third of the country (mainly those areas west of the Continental Divide), the overall winter will not be as wet as last year. The forecast is pointing to a return to more normal winter conditions in regard to both temperatures and precipitation. This is not ruling out occasional bouts of heavy precipitation sweeping in from the Pacific, or shots of cold air pushing south through western Canada, but these occurrences should be balanced out by spells of dry and mild weather.
Treasury Wine Estates continues to make strides in the U.S. market, with sales in its Americas region rising 10% to A$1.1 billion ($872m) in the 12 months through June, representing the company's full fiscal year.
After posting a sales increase of 10% to A$1.1 billion ($872m) in its Americas region during its fiscal year through June, Treasury Wine Estates intends to unleash a number of new initiatives in the U.S. market in the year ahead.SND managing editor Daniel Marsteller spoke with TWE chief executive Michael Clarke to get the details.
Treasury announced plans to launch an AUD300m (US$237.6m) share buyback programme. The group was keen to flag that the move did not take acquisitions off the table, adding that it "is currently pursuing inorganic growth opportunities, particularly in the US".
The auction will be staged at Chateau Ste. Michelle, home of the 2017 Auction of Washington Wines. This marks the third year of the barrel auction. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and will include presentations from Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery; Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Rick Small of Woodward Canyon Winery; and David O'Reilly of Owen Roe Winery.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is offering nearly $7 million in competitive grants to assist farmers and ranchers with such soil health projects as composting, planting cover crops and reducing tillage.
Repour is a bullet-shaped, ribbed stopper filled with an oxygen-absorbing material and sealed with a tiny foil tab. When the bottle is opened, the tab is removed and Repour is jammed in the neck of the bottle, in the cork's place. Unlike the Coravin, Repour doesn't attempt to keep oxygen from the wine, but intervenes after the fact by removing the oxygen from the air that fills the space in the bottle vacated by the wine. To summarize the extensive testing documented on the website, Repour scrubbed the air in the bottle to less than 0.05 percent oxygen - approximately 1/420th of what would normally be present.
Sabel will be overseeing the wine buying team and enhancing the wine education program for staff and customers. She previously served as a Wine Consultant at Morrell & Company, Lead Sommelier at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and most recently as the Wine Director at Ninety Acres at Natirar.
Critics claim an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling will undermine farmland protections by allowing developers to pay off farmers rather than avoid disrupting agricultural practices. The dispute emanates from a lawsuit over the planned expansion of the Riverbend Landfill onto farmland, which was permitted by Yamhill County over the protests of neighboring landowners.
Dan Berger poses a few wine riddles like: If you should hear a conversation in which Person A asks, "Is this wine sweet or dry?" and Person B replies, "Yes and no" - and is correct! - what wine is being talked about?
Titus Vineyards wants to double wine production from 24,000 gallons annually to 48,000 gallons annually and raise the visitor cap from 40 people daily to 60 daily. Saddleback Cellars wants to increase production from 8,000 gallons annually to 24,000 gallons and increase the visitor cap from two people daily to 15, among other things.
US president Donald Trump didn't miss an opportunity to plug the Virginia winery that bears his name, bragging that it was "one of the largest" in the country moments after a press conference held to denounce white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Fredericksburg, said producers faced some concerns and minor struggles early this season, but overall Texas wine grape growers are on track to produce a surplus of quality fruit.
Agriculture and citrus experts told Riverside residents at a meeting Thursday night, Aug. 17, it will take a coordinated community effort to protect not only local citrus trees but the state's $3.3 billion citrus industry from the growing threat of citrus greening disease.
C Mondavi & Family has hired two new vice presidents for their marketing and sales teams. David S. Brown will now assume the senior vice president of sales role, while Mark Koppen will take over as the new vice president of marketing. Both decisions are effective immediately.
Brave & Maiden Estate was established in 2011 and occupies land purchased in 2010. Brave & Maiden's wine program, led by acclaimed winemaker Paul Hobbs, has found early success in restaurants and bottle shops throughout Southern and Central California, earning accolades for single-vineyard estate wines and red blends.