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04/11/19

The overall tonnage increase was driven by higher yields in Napa, Sonoma and in the Central Coast, driven by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay was up 16 percent state-wide, while Cabernet was up 13 percent and Pinot Noir was up 19 percent. Napa harvested a Record 185,000 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon ... Sonoma experienced record Pinot Noir and Chardonnay harvests ... Paso Robles Cabernet also broke a new record ...

04/11/19

"It was not quite as large as we expected, but the size of this crop (Especially in Napa up +30% and Sonoma up +33%) coupled with a slowing casegood growth scenario has continued to put pressure on both the Grape and Bulk Wine market"

04/11/19

"Chardonnay in Sonoma County increased by 45%, or 27,260 tons, due mainly to an ideal mild growing season. To put perspective on the total of 88,312 tons, it is just over the large 2013 and 2014 crops"

04/11/19

A class of fungicides used in agriculture have been blamed for the appearance of a deadly new disease, Candida auris. Sophie Kevany and Felicity Carter report.

04/11/19

Antibiotics and antifungals are both essential to combat infections in people, but antibiotics are also used widely to prevent disease in farm animals, and antifungals are also applied to prevent agricultural plants from rotting. Some scientists cite evidence that rampant use of fungicides on crops is contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans

04/11/19

The Cantu Lab at the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis completed their annotation of the genes in the Cabernet Sauvignon genome. Results were published in the March 2019 issue of "Genes | Genomes | Genetics", published by the Genetics Society of America ..,.with supported from J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, E. & J. Gallo Winery, the Louis P. Martini Endowment in Viticulture, and the NSF. ... in collaboration with UC Davis Chile and the Chilean Economic Development Agency ...

04/11/19

This course will review the technical production of classified Port wines, including historical vinification and modern innovations. We will take a deep dive into the physical and biochemical processes that contribute to these distinct wines, and how fortified wines throughout the world compare to this iconic beverage.

04/11/19

Laffort USA announced the appointment of Cayla Dee Porter as Nobile Business Development Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Laffort-owned oak alternative producer based in Bordeaux.

04/11/19

More than 130 wineries from 17 different countries will participate in the WBWE Asia on the 30th and 31st of May ... The World Bulk Wine Exhibition Asia will be held at pavilions E and F at the Yantai International Exhibition Center during the 30th and 31st of May, with the objective of reinforcing an international business which China is clearly already leading.

04/11/19

Vinitaly is partnering with China's Paco Communication Group to launch a Chinese trade show targeting trade and consumers called 'Wine to Asia' in Shenzhen starting next year.

04/11/19

While it is impossible to say that there are no fakes among the bottles, there are none of the obvious knock-offs seen in the past; in the wake of high profile raids by the Chinese police on sellers of counterfeit wines, it takes courage or foolhardiness to display them. On the other hand, there are some surprising brands:

04/11/19

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announced today it is investing $250,000 to expand the JobCare occupational health program run by Adventist Health St. Helena. The clinic is currently used by over 7,500 employees from Napa County a year and in 2018 had direct referrals from 629 Napa County businesses.

04/11/19

A mixologist who says her boss once described her to John Travolta as "the best bartender in the world," says she got the boot from two big Manhattan music venues - after nearly 20 years on the job - because of her age.

04/11/19

Starting this spring, "James Suckling's Guide to Great Wines" will be available across the entire fleet of 15 cruise liners, which carry more than 800,000 passengers every year on more than 500 cruises, stopping in more than 400 ports.

04/11/19

Cannabiniers, a global cannabis brand management company, today announces Marty Birkel as the company's newest board member. Former President of Ballast Point Brewery and twenty years of experience in global beer, wine, and spirits with Constellation Brands, Birkel brings decades of knowledge focused on building brands, managing aggressive market expansion, marketing, operations and hospitality in support of adult beverages.

04/11/19

The ten rising-star chefs make up the 31st class of Food & Wine BNCs.

04/11/19

Laithwaite admits he and Gormley are "two lateral-thinking creatives", but makes an important distinction between them: "Rowan is more of a serial entrepreneur… while I can only do wine."

04/11/19

Longtime Napa Valley farmer Pete Richmond has been named as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. Richmond will be honored for his contributions to the Napa Valley grapegrower and farmworker communities on May 10 at the 44th Napa Valley Grapegrowers Annual Dinner

04/11/19

In 2001, Pete Richmond founded Silverado Farming Company, which he currently owns and operates. His passion for the farming community in Napa Valley runs through all facets of his business. He is an understated but impactful advocate for growers and farmworkers alike. To that end, Richmond quietly implemented "1% for the Community," a program that donates 1% of Silverado Farming's gross profits to fund initiatives supporting at-risk youth and agricultural workers.

04/11/19

Alex Holman has been named Winemaker; Kirk Tomiser has been named National Sales and Marketing Manager; Daniel Charles is the new Viticulturist. "We are thrilled that industry veterans of this caliber will be joining our operation," they said, in making the announcement."

04/11/19

The bump in price, noted in the final 2018 California Grape Crush Report released Wednesday, meant a more than 6 percent increase in the average price for Napa grapes from 2017, and yet another notch in the relentless growth of Napa grape prices.

04/11/19

An important note: Although the 2018 vintage represented the largest vintage on record, it is only 2% larger than the 2013 vintage, which held the previous record for tonnage. In value, the 2018 vintage represents a 27% increase in gross grape revenues as compared to the 2013 vintage. This is driven by winegrape price increases over the past 6 years

04/11/19

Marketing assistance loans provide interim financing to producers so that commodities can be stored after harvest when market prices are typically low, to be sold later when price conditions are more favorable.

04/11/19

Farmworkers picked an all-time high 588,864 tons of grapes - a 26% increase from 2017 - from vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties during harvest, which started in August and ended in November.

04/11/19

VicHealth says alcohol industry's use of social media is 'underhanded' and meant to influence young people

04/11/19

Located in Berlanga de Roa (Burgos), the Fournier winery, built in 1979, has grown apace with the development of the region as a whole. La Finca El Pinar is found between the towns of La Horra and Roa de Duero and is made up of 80 hectares, 50 of which are vineyards with an average age of between 30 and 70 years.

04/11/19

From diners suspicious of being ripped off to cellar-management tedium to working past midnight, every night-these 8 wine pros tell us what really puts them to the test

04/11/19

The French luxury group posted an increase of 16% for the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period last year, with total revenues for the quarter totaling over $14 billion

04/11/19

Their new study on consumer behavior found that craft beer drinkers are "less inclined to buy" certain products they believe to be historically associated with men "if they think they've been manufactured by women," said the researcher, Shelley J. Correll. "There's an assumption that your woman-made craft beer, screwdriver, or roof rack just won't be as good." Welp.

04/11/19

Indeed vignerons have been sounding the alarm about climate change for years. Back in 2014, we reported how 50 leading wine producers had written an open letter to then President Sarkozy in 2009 about the grave threat to French wines. "Marked by higher alcohol levels, over-sunned aromatic ranges and denser textures, our wines could lose their unique soul. Viticulture will slowly die out as vineyards cross the Channel and head north".

04/11/19

The origins of the families behind brands like Bacardi, Suntory and Campari stretch as far back as hundreds of years.

04/11/19

As Hervé Deschamps approaches retirement, he is training his successor, Séverine Frerson, and reflecting on a life spent making Champagne ...