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08/19/19

La Crema celebrated its 40th anniversary this weekend with a party at its tasting room at the Saralee's Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. 600 guests were invited to the Slusser Road tasting room, where a 40th anniversary blend was poured among other wines, including La Crema Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rosé from Saralee's Vineyard. Jackson Family Wines has owned La Crema since 1993. The family-owned company opened the tasting room at Saralee's Vineyard in 2016 after acquiring the property from the late Richard and Saralee Kunde. Among the guests were winemakers from La Crema's earliest days ...

08/19/19

Monterey County's harvest has officially begun. Scheid Family Wines picked their first lot of Pinot Noir on August 15 from their small, cold-climate Isabelle's Vineyard. The grapes are earmarked for Scheid Vineyards 'Isabelle' Sparking Wine, a méthode champenoise brut cuvee that retails for $50 a bottle through the winery's tasting rooms and website

08/19/19

a record ... the auction has raised $50 million since 1988 ... details to come ...

08/19/19

"...It's a very tough market for grape suppliers right now. Bulk wine activity also continues very sluggishly. With the new vintage imminent, bulk wine inventories remain backed-up - both with growers who have custom crushed and at wineries - and price cutting is taking place in a bid to move it. However, there is little demand, making price reductions irrelevant, however significant they may be. This is leading to storage pressure ..."

08/19/19

New Mendoza Malbec joins the roster of popular single serve 187ml wines

08/19/19

The latest way to go wine tasting is aboard a 14-person bike.

08/19/19

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has listed Galipette Cidre as part of its annual tender for beers and ciders.

08/19/19

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

08/19/19

A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco overseeing the reorganization of PG&E said the public's confidence in how compensation is allotted to wildfire victims could be a key factor in his decision whether to allow a civil trial to determine the company's liabilities for the 2017 Tubbs fire that devastated Santa Rosa

08/19/19

Starting with the Porto Protocol, a commitment to action by members of the wine industry

08/19/19

At least 277 plant and animal species have gone extinct in North America since the 1700s, data show

08/19/19

Sonoma County's temperatures have increased 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, according to the Washington Post. But the North Bay isn't the only part of the country where temperatures are rising. In a recent report, the newspaper analyzed years of temperature data to measure how climate change has affected different parts of the U.S.

08/19/19

wine industry experts on research on what can be done now to preserve Napa Valley

08/19/19

Spottswoode, Beckstoffer Vineyards and Larkmead confront climate change by planting experimental vineyards sans Cabernet Sauvignon ...

08/19/19

Larkmead Vineyards, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020, announced the planting of a Research Block in preparation for the next 125 years of Napa Valley viticulture. The Research Block will be located at the Larkmead estate in Calistoga and will host several different grape varieties, clones, and rootstocks for trial purposes as Napa Valley's climate changes

08/19/19

For those who do not wish to relocate or cannot, there are alternatives: Changing varieties or proportions of blends is less expensive than changing location. There is a wide range of heat tolerance between grape varieties. In the case of a Bordeaux style blend, this may involve lowering or eliminating less heat-tolerant Merlot and increasing portions of Malbec and Petite Verdot. Rhône blends can shift to more heat-tolerant Grenache from Syrah-based blends. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay usually made as single varieties do not offer the same flexibility. ... Unfortunately, most "International" varieties are in the range of cold- to warm-tolerant. They will not be a big part of longer-term solutions. Varieties found in southern Italy, Greece and Spain are candidates for planting in warming terroirs. These varieties have longer phenological cycles and the ability to retain acidity and color in hot conditions. ... but there will be existing growing areas that become so hot that they will be outside of the range of winegrowing entirely ...

08/19/19

Scientists at the Salk Institute are looking for ways to change key plant traits to help fight carbon emissions

08/19/19

Burgundy, sure. The Rhone Valley, of course. The Loire, the Mosel, Piedmont, fine. But can you name an American winemaker who is modeling his wines on those from the Republic of Georgia?

08/19/19

Like any good chef about to open a restaurant, Andrea Drummer wants to get her pairings just right. But her lamb chops with plantain-mango salsa won't be matched with wine or ...

08/19/19

With her husband, Richard, she created a fast-growing winery and diversified into lavender

08/19/19

Almonds Rank Ahead Of Wine As California's Top Specialty Crop Export

08/19/19

Spitting is frowned upon in polite society -- unless the spitter is engaged in tasting wines. "It's by spitting out the wine that you will be even more distinguished in society," says Pierre-Jules Peyrat, a Paris wine specialist

08/19/19

The Unicode Technical Committee did not approve the application for the white wine emoji at its July meeting held on the campus of Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. But the panel did not outright reject the bid either ... "It's an unusual case. It's usually a hard 'yes' or a hard 'no'

08/19/19

Founded in 2014, Wikileaf, an online company serving cannabis consumers, lists more than 3,500 legal cannabis dispensaries, deliveries and brands across the U.S. and Canada, and it claims to serve over 1 million organic cannabis users monthly. Wikileaf released a paper titled, "Data for Alcohol vs. Cannabis: Which Taxes Help Society More?"

08/19/19

The winery also will be home to a motor sports gallery

08/19/19

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the planting of the first vines in New Zealand. Josip Babich was one of the country's founding winemakers and today his pioneering winery is still family-run, with grandson David at the helm. Rebecca Gibb MW meets him to talk legacies and future prospects