There is a term in journalism called "burying the lede" ... The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers provided a classic example with their recent announcement concerning "illegal" wine shipments into the state
The Distilled Spirits Council today released a new report showing the negative impact of the retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskeys is accelerating, particularly to the European Union (EU), according to full year 2018 export data. Last month, at its Annual Economic Briefing, the Council reported the imposition of retaliatory tariffs beginning in June 2018 caused American Whiskey exports to decline by 8.2 percent between July and November as compared to the same period in 2017. But the available data was only through November, and the Council declined to project full year results due to the uncertainty in the marketplace
As the Bordeaux primeur tastings of the 2018 vintage approach, Première Presse provides one-page reports on the eight leading Right Bank growths found below, giving updated technical data, such as details of the final blend, as well as a short summary of the vintage at each of them.
The fourth-generation vintner has just been appointed the sole U.S. representative for The Porto Protocol, an organization that is is taking a international leadership role to help reduce the effects of climate change
The eighth annual California Wines Down to Earth Month kicks off in April with sustainability-focused wine events and offers across the state, including Earth Day festivals, vineyard hikes, food and wine events, eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute, the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries, the month-long celebration highlights the winemaking community's commitment to protecting the environment, being a good neighbor and producing high quality wines with sustainable farming and business practices.
In Fremont County alone, Jorgenson estimates that more than a million bushels of corn and nearly half a million bushels of soybeans have been lost after water overwhelmed grain bins before they could be emptied of last year's crop. His calculation using local grain prices puts the financial loss at more than $7 million in grain alone. That's for about 28 farmers in his immediate area, he said.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed ten EPA-approved tests to detect generic E.coli in irrigation water. One of these methods, mTEC®, is an excellent test for generic E. coli but has not been commonly used in the water testing industry. A commercially available test kit, Colilert®, is much simpler to use. It is also offered by hundreds of water quality testing laboratories nationwide, compared to only a handful of laboratories that offer the mTEC® assay.
Kim Longbottom, who has been the sole owner of Australia's Henry's Drive Vignerons since the death of her husband Mark ten years ago, announced that she has turned the page to the next chapter of her wine life with the creation of Vintage Longbottom (www.vintagelongbottom.com).
Every once in a while in wine there is a paradigm shift. The reference points move. New heroes emerge. With the polarizing force of a swinging pendulum, the measurements of quality transform. One decade, we might prize opulent fruit flavors in a wine; the next, we fetishize high acidity
The Missick family moved strategically into the canned wine market last spring, becoming the first Finger Lakes farm winery to can Finger Lakes wines, and introduced the new brand Can Do. By August, after three canning runs, the potential power of this still niche market became a reality, and their early entrée into the market gave them the experience to make different decisions with the 2018 harvest.
Ardagh Group, Glass - North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading manufacturer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, recently hosted a Sustainable Brewing & Packaging event at its Wilson, N.C. glass manufacturing facility.
Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced that three of the leading wine connoisseurs and oenologists, will join Queen Victoria's second annual 'Voyage Du Vin' on board Queen Victoria, setting sail in September. This round trip, 14-night voyage departs from Southampton, England, on September 6, and returns on September 20, 2019.
"Because every day pairs better with Rosé," is the philosophy of Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé, a brand that fully celebrates the pink drink. The brand will host an array of events in 2019, kicking things off with Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition in May, where this year, for the first time ever, they've opened the competition up to all rosé-infused products (both domestic and international).
Douglas Machine Inc. will be attending America's Largest Craft Brewing Industry Gathering at Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Denver, Colorado April 8 - 11 in Booth 21029. See the enclosed information for more details on our offerings.
Wine industry tastemaker, Kerrin Laz, founder and proprietor of K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION, announced today the second annual Inspire Napa Valley, to take place May 3-5 in support of the Alzheimer's Association.
The 22nd annual Taste Washington festival, March 28-31, kicks off in just one week. Voted one of USA Today's 10-Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington features four full days of wine and food events with Seattle's hottest chefs, their friends from around the nation, and acclaimed Washington winemakers. Tickets are still available for festival events and can be purchased at tastewashington.org.
However people got the equation into their heads that lower winegrape yields equal higher quality wine, it's certainly a formula with staying power. But up in the Pacific Northwest, Patty Skinkis is doing her best to dispel the persistent myth, and in so doing, she's helping growers boost profits.
More than 20 women winemakers and wine business owners will be pouring 85 wines from eight countries and four states. All ticket proceeds benefit the Mary Elizabeth Inn, a women's shelter in San Francisco.
Several counties in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington issued burn bans Wednesday after firefighters battled dozens of brush fires. One of the fires reported near Stayton, Oregon Tuesday night, grew to 60 acres and prompted evacuations. People were allowed to return home Wednesday.
Over the last year, when I've been out at wine bars or restaurants or tasting wines here at my office, I've started encountering more and more California red wines that seem to fit a similar profile: translucent, crunchy, red-fruited, gently extracted. Despite being light in color and weight, many of these wines are still tannic and structured, often the result of stem inclusion in the fermentation.
Non-nouveau Beaujolais appellation wines, the worst affected of the two categories, posted an average price of €132/hl at the end of February 2019, compared with €167/hl in the previous marketing campaign at the same date. "Some transactions are even significantly below these prices", said one of the region's brokers. The decline is lower for Beaujolais-villages with an average price of €156/hl compared to €180/hl last year.
It is interesting how different countries have opposite knee-jerk reactions to the same wine region. American wine drinkers think of Bordeaux as an ultra-expensive wine region whose wines are out of the price point for most people while French, or even British drinkers, will be acquainted with those entry level Bordeaux wines that have been prevalent in their local supermarkets for daily enjoyment. But modern Bordeaux offers so much more that range in the middle of these two extreme categories with wine producers in lesser know areas in the region focusing on quality.
On the cream-colored walls, portraits of Rothschild ancestors in gilt frames looked on as 14 wine collectors and a solitary journalist slid into their seats alongside Saskia de Rothschild, the new chairman of the company, and her father, Baron Eric de Rothschild, to enjoy a family dinner. The idea? To let guests soak up the Bordeaux first growth's atmosphere and encourage them on March 30 to bid big-very big-at Zachys' auction of wines direct from the château's cellars at Le Bernardin Privé in New York.
Erin Rasmussen believes that when it comes to making wine, the upper Midwest, Texas, Idaho and Iowa can do things the coastal regions can't. That's why she founded American Wine Project, currently based out of Drumlin Ridge Winery in Waunakee. American Wine Project aims to highlight lesser-known varietal wines from lower profile wine regions.
Legendary Oregon wine figures argued Thursday for raising the content standards for Willamette Valley wines to levels rarely seen around the world, telling a legislative committee the move would safeguard the region's high reputation. Their call was met by dissent from Southern Oregon grape growers, who called the proposal a solution in search of a problem and said some Willamette Valley winemakers who disagree with it are afraid to speak up.
Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery announced Thursday it is closing its tasting room March 24, 2019. The Fableist Wine Company, currently at Tin City, will be moving into the tasting room after a remodel in a few months.
Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ: WVVI), a leading Oregon producer of Pinot Noir, generated income applicable to common shareholders of $1,839,665, or $0.37 cents per share, for 2018, down from $2,289,730, or $0.46 cents per share, for the prior year, representing a $450,065, or 19.7%, decrease in income applicable to common shareholders when compared to 2017
A preview of the governor's order shows that Newsom plans to suspend environmental laws and rules that would otherwise apply to the projects. He also would halt the state's competitive bidding process for work and direct the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to team up with the California National Guard to immediately begin reducing trees and shrubs in and around 200 cities and towns
Every once in a while in wine there is a paradigm shift. The reference points move. New heroes emerge. With the polarizing force of a swinging pendulum, the measurements of quality transform. One decade, we might prize opulent fruit flavors in a wine; the next, we fetishize high acidity.
The case, which was filed last year by a group of hotel customers, alleges that Hyatt, Marriott, Wyndham, Hilton Domestic Operating Company and Six Continents Hotels, Inc, now called InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, agreed not to advertise against one another on online travel agencies, like Expedia
As many of you know, my dad and Shafer Vineyards founder, John Shafer, passed away in March 2 at the age of 94.
He loved people, loved his work, and lived an incredible life. Everyone at Shafer, and in our family, has felt unbelievably supported and buoyed by the hundreds of emails, letters, and social media posts that many of you have written about what he meant to you.
We wanted to share some video and stills from my dad's life that will give you a quick glimpse at his very rich life and how grateful he was for every day of it.
Here at Shafer we are fortunate to live and work in a culture he helped create - one that values friendship, support, generosity, and integrity. We hope every experience you have with our winery reflects those values.