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02/12/18

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon shot up to an average $7,421 per ton, an increase of 9% over 2016, while Cabernet Franc commanded $7,969, up 10%

02/12/18

Vinvnetions delivered 2.7 billion closures in 2017, placing it as the second biggest wine closure provider globally with a 13% world market share .... "Innovation Team is comprised of 47 highly qualified professionals, of which 20 have post-graduate and Ph.D. diplomas. This team has created 97 granted patents and 47 pending patents. It has launched 30 new products in the past 10 years, published over 30 technical and scientific papers, and won 13 major Innovation Awards globally."

02/12/18

Government at all levels moves at a glacial pace, especially when it's trying to deal with the complex and contentious issue of water

02/12/18

Red wine grape varieties accounted for 2.2 million tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016. White grape varieties totaled 1.8 million tons, or up .7 percent more than in 2016

02/12/18

The last two vintages have seen historic highs on both grape and bulk wine prices on most all varietals in Coastal appellations. Given that the 2017 harvest yields are in line with a 5 year average of 4M tons, there may not be the price relief there'd be if we had seen a bigger vintage. This will force certain wineries and brands to seek alternative sourcing from new appellations in order achieve a sustainable margin

02/12/18

"For the second year in a row, the total crop of Cabernet Sauvignon in District 8, of which is largely from Paso Robles, saw a record crop of 79,516 tons, a 15% increase from 2016 and a whopping 51% over the five year average. The increase in supply will give ample opportunity for growing and developing brands. ... District average price for most major varieties in District 8 increased, which is confusing to what actually occurred on the spot market. This past year was the tale of two markets, the first half of the calendar year experienced strong pricing, and as the season progressed, spot market prices decreased for almost all varieties in this district."

02/12/18

"It is encouraging to see that the price of cabernet is up," said Jennifer Putnam, executive director of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Putnam said normally the group would review the preliminary report but this year, due to the October fires, the association will wait until the final report is issued in early March before drawing any market conclusions

02/12/18

Tonnage in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties was 464,765 last year, up 7.8 percent from 2016 and 5.9 percent from the five-year average, based on the California Grape Crush report, compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is a benchmark for grape-purchase prices and strategy

02/12/18

VinSense Technology, a company assisting in wine grape agriculture through Purdue patented technology, has hired Sonoma County, California viticulturist Lise Asimont as its CEO and head viticulturist. "With Lise, we will expand our technology throughout the wine grape industry and advance our predictive algorithms and consulting services for viticulture and enology," said David Ebert, co-founder and chief technology officer of VinSense Technology. "As a leader in the California wine industry and sustainable viticulture, Lise upholds VinSense's commitment to developing growers' sustainability."

02/12/18

... some warn of an impending threat from a weed.

02/12/18

Police stumbled upon the conspicuous crop, hidden among the vineyard, while responding to reports of 'gunshots' from a nearby winery

02/12/18

A minor spat in a tiny country paints a graphic picture of the world wine industry

02/12/18

Moreo previously was agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures for Modoc County. He has 35 years of experience in agriculture and is former president of the Regional Association of Northern California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealer.

02/12/18

The new association brings together the Chianti Classico wineries in the Florentine municipalities of Tavernelle Val di Pesa and Barberino Val d'Elsa

02/12/18

many Prosecco producers woke up to the fact they could produce something called 'Rive' Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene: this possibility came as changes to the denomination rules, mandating stricter production guidelines

02/12/18

The Burgundy firm's fourth generation made changes in viticulture to maintain its house style in the cellar

02/12/18

Not many people cite the desire to be more traditional as a reason for leaving an Italian family winery.

02/12/18

Barnard Griffin Winery's Rosé of Sangiovese has blossomed into a harbinger of spring each year for wine lovers touring the Yakima Valley around Valentine's Day

02/12/18

The report is the latest to highlight Facebook's problem with attracting and keeping young people, who have long been a core user base for the world's biggest social network

02/12/18

The past year has also altered Facebook's fundamental understanding about whether it's a publisher or a platform ...

02/12/18

Fetzer Vineyards, now entering its 50th year in business, pioneered sustainable and organic viticulture practices that have become increasingly commonplace throughout today's industry. In the process, it put Mendocino County on the map as a spot to grow premium wine grapes