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09/29/16

2016 harvest coming in larger than earlier forecasts but still not a record breaker

09/29/16

The recent heat spike has kicked the North Coast grape harvest into overdrive, as growers near the finish line of the season with a crop that is again earlier than usual and yields expected to be near the historical average

09/29/16

Driving north through the Napa Valley before sunrise, portable lights like spaceships illuminate workers in the vineyards. The smell of fermentation and grapes fill the air - the annual wine harvest is underway

09/29/16

Mike Wallace, 75, owner of Hinzerling Winery and one of Prosser's original winemakers, died over the weekend after complications from pneumonia. Scott Pontin, 53, died Monday, reportedly from a heart attack. He was the owner and winemaker for Pontin del Roza Winery in Prosser.

09/29/16

Adelsheim Vineyard, founded by David and Ginny Adelsheim in 1971, has started a search for the winery's first CEO. David Adelsheim will transition from his current role as President to Chairman of the Board of Directors with a focus on shaping the winery's legacy and future. Together with his partners of 22 years, Jack and Lynn Loacker, Adelsheim will select his successor, who will oversee all daily operations including vineyard and winery operations, financial, administrative, marketing and sales

09/29/16

Kim Marcus will serve as bureau chief of Wine Spectator's Napa office; Cordelia Winton becomes managing editor

09/29/16

Ted Seghesio, fourth generation winemaker and general manager at Seghesio Family Vineyards, is pleased to introduce a new red blend called Defiant, which will be available October 1 at select restaurants and retailers across the country

09/29/16

Maritime Wine Trading Collective has been appointed the sole USA representative for Viña Undurraga's Undurraga, Sibaris, Terroir Hunter and U labeled wines that include vintage Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, Carmènére, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from their vast site-specific vineyards in Chile.

09/29/16

Smith & Hook, the founding wine brand for Hahn Family Wines more than 35 years ago, welcomes a new wine that unmistakably represents California's Central Coast: Smith & Hook Proprietary Red Blend (SRP: $25).

09/29/16

Mendocino College Foundation's Harvest Festival Wine and Food Gala will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Mendocino College Student Plaza and surrounding campus in Ukiah

09/29/16

As part of the auction, guests will be able to claim rare gems from among the world's best wines, such as a hand-painted 9-liter bottle of 1994 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Wine (the equivalent of a full case of wine and the only bottle of its size from that award-winning vintage), delivered in a built-to-order presentation case. To add to the appeal of this item, the winning bidder will also enjoy a meal with the Harlan family in Napa Valley.

09/29/16

"One of the perennial problems for the industry is that the demand for Virginia wine outstrips growers' ability to deliver grapes," said Patrick Duffeler II, president and chief executive of Williamsburg Winery. "Some people will tell me it's a good problem to have, but it's still a problem."

09/29/16

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is pleased to announce the winery lineup for the 39th annual festival, which takes place February 11-19, 2017. The eight-day wine and food extravaganza will showcase 182 wineries from 16 countries, including 77 wineries from featured country Canada and 105 additional producers from around the world, pouring 1,550+ wines at 55 events.

09/29/16

What started as a plan to operate a custom crush wine facility capable of producing 20,000 cases has evolved into a vision that includes organic farming and the production of wine that embraces a minimal intervention winemaking style. This style results in pure and natural wine and spirits. A record 725 tons will be processed at OCP this year.

09/29/16

Knowing the benefits and quality of wine in "Bag-in-Box" packaging, inventor of Boxxle, Tripp Middleton, wanted to take the concept to the next level, by solving the counter presentation and difficulty of pouring. Boxxleproduces a stylish and elegant way to dispense great wine-by-the-glass at home.

09/29/16

Drew Horton has been active in the wine industry for over 25 years, having started as a wine salesman and then as a winemaker. With a BA in Anthropology and early career experience working in kitchens, Drew brings a unique perspective at the intersection of food, culture, and of course wine.

09/29/16

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is announcing the October launch of the 2016 Fall Paper Clover Campaign. From October 5 - October 16, funds will be raised when Tractor Supply shoppers purchase a paper clover for $1 or more at checkout and will be awarded as scholarships to individual 4-H members wishing to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country.

09/29/16

SuLei Cellars is the brainchild of Elaine Jomwe and Tanya Woodley. They've known each other for half their lives, been together for 16 years, have been married for nearly three years, and are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first harvest.

09/29/16

Recent rain storms throughout Idaho have been timely for some growers and a hindrance to others seeking to harvest potatoes or plant fall grains.

09/29/16

The blaze in a rugged area about 30 miles south of San Jose destroyed two houses and charred more than 3 square miles of dry brush and timber.

09/29/16

Organic producers in California are pleased a new law will reduce their paperwork and fees.

09/29/16

The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union say they will start talking about extending their contract.

09/29/16

Does a new law in France have the potential to disrupt the English wine trade? Jane Anson reports...

09/29/16

The death of first woman to run a Napa winery sparks recollections among those who knew her.

09/29/16

According to The Conference Board, optimism jumped to 104.1, its highest level since the recession, from 101.8 one month ago, on an index where 100 represents the long-term average. Analysts had expected the index would dip as low as 99.

09/29/16

Sommelier Erik Johnson has been on an enviable spree. Restocking the wine cellar of the French Laundry in Napa Valley as part of the restaurant's extensive renovation (due to be completed this fall), he added about 1,000 wines to a list that had dwindled to roughly 1,500 and deepened the focus on Napa Valley. Here are his most exciting discoveries.

09/29/16

A quality capsule completes the package's dress

09/29/16

Bordeaux-style wines from some of Paso Robles' top producers have garnered some of their highest scores ever from Robert Parker's influential Wine Advocate publication