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04/16/19

The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association announced Paul Anamosa, PhD, Senior Soil Scientist and Viticulturist at Vineyard Soil Technologies will be a special guest speaker at the April 17, 2019 grape grower meeting held from 6:00-8:00pm at the Placerville Veteran's Hall located at 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville.

04/05/19

Three years ago, the father-and-son grape-growing team of Andrew and David Beckstoffer harvested a gondola of sunny publicity when they unveiled a novel plan to raise the profile of their Lake County vineyards. They recruited 10 winemakers and offered each a free acre of cabernet sauvignon for three successive vintages starting with the 2016 crop. The first wine from the exercise is just now being rolled out, the fragrant, svelte and gracefully layered Spoto Wines 2016 Lake County Red Hills Amber Knolls Vineyard Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon.

04/05/19

Visit Mendocino County, a tourism marketing organization that works with the county, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration at its new office at 105 W. Clay St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the First Friday Art Walk.

04/04/19

The label's name, Artevino - a combination of the words "arte" (art) and "vino" (wine) - was inspired by Tom's background as an artist. His storied, five decade career has included launching his own stained glass studio when barely out of his teens, being the Designer and Production Manager for the stained glass studio at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, painting in acrylic and oil (including the "Legends at the Stick" baseball series, which was featured in Sports Illustrated and eventually saw one of the paintings being permanently installed in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY), and designing wine labels for a variety of winemakers, including those in the Far Niente family -- Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute and Bella Union.

04/02/19

Farm Credit supports annual Central Valley, North State women in agriculture awards

03/29/19

The 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report, an annual collaborative effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison, focused this year on health outcomes around housing. Marin County placed first, and Lake County placed last.

03/06/19

Swollen rivers and creeks fed by atmospheric-river storms caused flooding with both short-term and long-term impacts for California farmers.

02/26/19

The video clip highlights machine automation, analytics-based insights, anywhere management, and connect support. In the video description, John Deere asks viewers to imagine what artificial intelligence, automation, and connectivity can do to grow your operation, improve your efficiency, and profitably increase your bottom line.

02/25/19

The story of Louis Roederer's pursuit of the Merry Edwards Winery is the stuff of a Henry James novel. Merry Edwards, one of the first women winemakers in California, has had to overcome personal challenges and adversities to build her winery. She is tough, fearless and independent. Humble yet ambitious, Frédéric Rouzaud is the great-grandson of Madame Camille Olry Roederer. He was born into an established French Champagne house and has continued to grow his family business into one of the most prestigious wine companies in the world.

02/20/19

"In a remote canyon valley rimmed with oak-dotted rolling hills two hours north of San Francisco, Cole Ranch is the country's smallest wine appellation with 150 acres and 50 of them planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling vines. ... The patch of land sitting at about 1,400 feet above sea level in Mendocino County has its own microclimate"

02/07/19

Steve Blais joins ERMITAGE-BERTHOMIEU, LA GRANGE & OENOSYLVA as North American Sales Manager.

02/05/19

A winegrape-growing region wracked by wildfires wants to learn more about the impact smoke has on grapes, while growers look to crop insurance and disaster relief to offset some of their losses. After the Mendocino Complex fire burned more than 459,000 acres of land in Lake and Mendocino counties last year, Lake County growers suffered an estimated $37.1 million in losses from smoke damage, according to a survey by the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

02/01/19

"Most estates compare their 2016s to their 2013s (and feel it's the greatest vintage they've made), but the wines appear to me to be either a beefed-up version of the 2014s or a slightly more elegant, forward version of the 2013s; take your pick. 2016 is unquestionably in the same league as 2012 and 2013, and it is one of the all-time great vintages for the region"

02/01/19

With the current buzz around "volcanic wines," the possibility that Mount Konocti or any surrounding cinder cones could erupt after 11,000 years may just be a boon for the image of Lake County wines.

01/28/19

Smith Story Wine Cellars, founded by Alison Smith-Story and Eric Story, was one of the first new wineries to be crowdfunded in 2014. Through Kickstarter, they were able to raise more than $26,000 in just 30 days and begin purchasing grapes, equipment and collateral to start their own wine brand

01/28/19

"We understand that TTB will be very busy going through applications for approval once they get back to work, so we are prepared to be a little behind on a release or two. We are happy the government will be open again"

01/24/19

As the wine-in-a-can category grows in popularity, so too does its quality ...

01/24/19

Supreme Court justices indicated earlier this month that they thought Tennessee's tough residency requirements for those who want to run liquor stores have more to do with protecting in-state economic interests than guarding against the evils of alcohol

01/22/19

The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 16 passed legislation that would allow North Coast grape growers to tap emergency funding to compensate them for losses incurred because of smoke taint in 2018. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, offered an amendment to the overall legislation that would allow growers in Lake and Mendocino counties to be eligible for federal funding. Growers in those areas had their grapes rejected by wineries during last year's harvest because of smoke damage to their crop from the Mendocino Complex fires in the summer.

01/21/19

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, offered an amendment to the overall legislation that would allow growers in Lake and Mendocino counties to be eligible for federal funding. Growers in those areas had their grapes rejected by wineries during last year's harvest (ALLEGEDLY) because of smoke damage to their crop from the Mendocino Complex fires in the summer

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