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Carolyn Wente Honored as 2023 American Wine Legend

Wente Vineyards, America’s longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, is proud to announce Carolyn Wente, Chairman of the Board and Fourth Generation Winegrower, was selected by Wine Enthusiast as the 2023 American Wine Legend.  She will be honored at the annual Wine Star Awards to be held February 5, 2024, in Miami. This prestigious award is a fitting capstone to Carolyn’s …

Students Hope to Help NYS Wine Industry Reuse Bottles

Three student teams are working on a solution to make New York state’s wine industry more sustainable by reusing the bottles. The undergraduates at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business are investigating the potential for a startup wine bottle washing and reuse facility. Kerwin Xu ’24 and his classmates are approaching the challenge with “design thinking,” a stepwise approach to problem-solving, …

Six New Farmers Join the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame

On Thursday, October 19, 2023 at a dinner at the Robert Cabral Ag Center, 6 new members were inducted into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame.  The 2023 San Joaquin Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees were: Dr. Marit Arana, A.L. Gilbert Company Eugene “Gene” Wallom, Lodi Farming Inc. Marden Wilbur, Lane Ranches Edward “Eddie” Alfred Zuckerman, Zuckerman Family …

Vineyard Team Releases the 1st Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Impact Report

When the nonprofit Vineyard Team promotes sustainable winegrowing, the organization addresses more than natural resources. They know that sustainability includes protecting our most valuable resource: the people. The organization has released the first Impact Report for the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship. Since 2015, the scholarship has invested over $270,000 to help the children of California-based vineyard and winery workers pay for college. 98 percent of …

Wente Family Estates Elevates DTC and Customer Experience Teams With Senior Level Hires

Wente Family Estates, America’s longest, continuously family-owned and operated winery, announced the additions of longtime wine industry veterans, Brian Allard, and Andrew Bradbury. Allard has been hired as Executive Director, DTC and Customer Experience and Bradbury as Director of Customer Experience and Sales. In his new position, Brian Allard will oversee all aspects of the Wente Vineyards Tasting Lounge and …

New Robots Featured at FIRA USA to Serve Specialty Crop Ag

The specialty crop ag community was excited to gather recently in Salinas for the second edition of FIRA USA.  The event featured the latest robotics and automation technologies on the market for fruit, vegetable and tree nut growers.  Watch this special video presentation showcasing new technologies from several innovative companies featured at this event.

Application Deadline Approaching for On-Farm Water Recharge Incentive Funding

It’s very important for California farmers to know that not only will there be more funding available in the next round of the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), but the application deadline is coming much earlier this year. And for growers that are interested in getting some incentive funding for participating in on-farm groundwater recharge, applications are due by …

Grape Consumption Benefits Eye Health in Human Study of Older Adults

California Table Grape Commission — In a recent randomized, controlled human study, consuming grapes for 16 weeks improved key markers of eye health in older adults. The study, published in the scientific journal Food & Function looked at the impact of regular consumption of grapes on macular pigment accumulation and other biomarkers of eye health. This is the first human study on this subject, and …

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