Several wineries across the region have reported an influx of visitors in recent weeks. They're seeing upwards of 20 to 30 percent more visitors to their tasting rooms than normal for this time of year. At Halter Ranch Vineyard, tasting room manager Tony Quealy said the tasting room has been serving around 115 to 120 visitors each day. That's compared with about 70 people on a normal weekday
"I've seen how much it helps my staff, the owners and workers at the wineries and stores. They can talk to visitors about their experience in this tragedy. After the initial discomfort, it's a conversation that connects visitors and locals. And isn't that what travel is all about?"
Winemaker Randy Lewis, Jackson Family's Barbara Banke and Wine Spectator's Marvin R. Shanken and James Laube address the aftermath of the California wine-country wildfires ... 23 Jackson Family Wines employees lost their homes to the fires, and that the company has housed them all for now
Santa Rosa lost at least 2,907 homes in the fires, or 5 percent of its housing stock, plus 86 commercial properties representing 400,000 square feet of space. County officials put their tally at more than 3,800 occupied structures in the unincorporated area
Everybody thinks the winery owners are "rich guys and rich families, and they're above everything," said Adam Mariani, a fourth-generation farmer whose family runs the Scribe Winery in Sonoma. "But the truth is people are completely bootstrapping here" and worried about the effect of the fires on their livelihood.
With the 2017 harvest set to be one of the "smallest in decades", decimated by frost, heat, drought and hail, the price of bulk wine will continue to rise with shifts in demand "inevitable", according the the latest Wine Quarterly report from Rabobank
Bordeaux winemakers harvested healthy, ripe grapes this year even after the worst frosts in a quarter-century hit vineyards in April and significantly reduced the amount available for bottling, according to vintners interviewed this month.
New exhibitors to the premium wine and spirits show include a joint stand from the Japanese government themed around sake, as well as a large stand featuring various Palinka fruit brandies from Hungary.
While the worst of the wildfires is over for Wine Country, the region faces another daunting test: the cleanup of heaps of ash, twisted metal and blackened debris scattered across some 250 square miles of burned hills and valleys - an area five times the size of San Francisco
On pace to be the largest and most well-attended event in the organization's 18-year history, the 2018 World of Pinot Noir includes two full days of expert-led seminars, pairing dinners prepared by renown chefs, Pinot Noir parties and two Grand Tastings featuring more than 250 premier Pinot Noir wineries from around the globe
Lebanese Wine Day announces its upcoming winemaker tour in San Francisco and Los Angeles next month, bringing 30 different producers to California to showcase their wines to members of the wine trade. Conceived in one of the oldest sites in the world for wine production, wines from Lebanon have been sought-after for centuries by kings and commoners alike. And the country's rich heritage of indigenous grapes has attracted renewed attention, particularly in recent years
The specialization will introduce students to the science behind wine and winemaking, with classes like wine production and viticulture, while also introducing them to the business side of the wine industry with classes in marketing and hospitality management