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New Methods to Fight Invasive Yeast in Red Winemaking

New research from Washington State University scientists has revealed better techniques to fight a barrel-dwelling spoilage yeast that has frustrated winemakers for decades. An article recently published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) and the South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture journals found three methods to sanitize oak barrels to prevent Brettanomyces bruxellensis, or “Brett” for short. …

Egypt Remains Competitive in International Table Grape Markets

Table grapes is one of the most important fruit produced in Egypt, second only to citrus in terms of production quantities. Grape cultivation is spread geographically from Alexandria in the north to Aswan in the south, which – combined with the production of early and late ripening grapes – enables the prolonged availability of fresh table grapes in the market …

American Vineyard Magazine December Issue

Contents of the December Issue: Through the Grapevine When the Lights Go On Again… Central Coast Grape Expo – 2020 Adapts State of the Central Coast Wine Industry Napa Valley Grapegrowers 2020 Season “Farming is the Profession of Hope” – Brian Brett UGA Releases New ‘RubyCrisp’ Muscadine Self-Fertile, High Yielding Southern Cultivar

US Continues to Dominate Canadian Market for Fresh Apples, Pears & Table Grapes

The United States will remain the largest exporter of fresh apples, pears, and table grapes to the Canadian market in marketing year (MY) 2020/21. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a five percent growth in Canadian apple production for MY 2020/21 with fewer weather-related challenges. A reduction in the marketed production of Canadian pears and table grapes is anticipated as a result of weather …

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Numbers Threaten Resurgence of Pierce’s Disease in SJV Grapes

When it comes to Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter, it’s critical for growers to pay attention to both the disease and the vector.  Although collaborative efforts within the grape industry have kept disease levels down in recent years, population levels of the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter have been elevating in the San Joaquin Valley. Watch this brief interview with UC Cooperative Extension …

2020 Grape Crush Report Survey & Smoke Affected Wine Grapes

California Association of Winegrape Growers — Many California winegrape growers in areas affected by wildfire smoke may wonder how grape prices and tonnage will be reported for the 2020 Grape Crush Report. All California processors who crush grapes should have received a Grape Crush Report questionnaire, which was mailed in October by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)-Division of Marketing …

How to Prevent Grape Bunch Rot

At Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, UCCE Viticulture Advisor Gabriel Torres provided an in-depth presentation on sour rot prevention and management. If you missed his presentation or would like a refresher, watch this brief interview as Gabriel provides of some key points growers should consider in season-long prevention/management of this crop spoiling complex. Please thank this …

Autonomous Robot to Sample Leaves and Measure Water Potential

Every backyard gardener knows how hard it can be to tell when to water the plants. Multiply that by tens or hundreds of acres and it’s easy to see the challenges growers face keeping their crops healthy while managing water resources wisely. To determine water needs accurately, growers hand-pluck individual leaves from plants, put them in pressure chambers, and apply …

New Tehachapi Mountains American Viticultural Area

Effective December 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) will establish the Tehachapi Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA). Spanning approximately 58,000 acres, this will allow local vintners to use the “Tehachapi Mountains” appellation of origin on bottle labels for wine produced in the Tehachapi Mountains AVA.  Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) applauded the mid-November announcement from TBB with the following statement: “This announcement …

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