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GALLO Name Change Honors Family, Embraces Endless Possibilities

More than 90 years after Ernest and Julio founded their namesake E. & J. Gallo Winery, the company has simplified the company name to a single word: GALLO. “The simplified name removes all limitations; it recognizes the broad family involvement, as well as our wide-ranging portfolio of wines and spirits,” said Stephanie Gallo, Chief Marketing Officer at GALLO. “Four generations of …

Preliminary 2023 Grape Crush Report Reveals Slight Increase from 2022

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the preliminary California Grape Crush Report at noon on February 10th, revealing a total 2023 crush of 3,728,923 tons, up 1.6% from the 2022 crush of 3,670,861 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 1,959,024 tons, up 2.3% from 2022. White wine varieties crushed totaled 1,709,270 tons, up …

First Woman Honored as Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year

Sonoma County’s wine community has a long, rich history of women winegrowers, winemakers, winery owners, executives, and industry leaders.  Today, it has added to that legacy with the announcement by theFundación de la Voz de los Viñedos that it has chosen Yolanda Cruz, of Redwood Empire Vineyard Management (REVM), as Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year, marking the first …

California Growers Celebrate Legislative Win Supporting Groundwater Recharge

Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed SB 659, The California Water Supply Solutions Act of 2023, sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Regional Water Authority in Sacramento.  But what does this mean for California farmers implementing groundwater recharge practices in the coming months?  Watch this video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to …

Sun-Maid Growers Evolve to Meet Consumers Where They are Today

At the annual meeting of Sun-Maid Growers of California in downtown Fresno, grower members gathered for a nice brunch while listening to the cooperative’s leadership on the current performance of the iconic brand and how California raisins can continue to command a premium market share around the world.  Watch this video with Sun-Maid President Steve Loftus, and read more in …

A Rewarding Showcase of Skill and Determination at the Napa County Pruning Contest

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) celebrated its 22nd Annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard on Saturday, February 3.  It was a perfect day as 113 contestants displayed exceptional skill and determination in what is considered the most prestigious competition for Napa Valley’s vineyard professionals. Scoring for the competition is weighted for technique and quality, allowing …

Applications Now Open for Children of Vineyard & Winery Workers Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship, a program designed to support the children of California’s vineyard and winery workers in their pursuit of higher education, is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in junior college, four-year universities, or trade schools. Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be employed …

California Table Grape Commission Director of Content Development Named

Increasing its commitment to expand the reach of its global marketing campaign, the California Table Grape Commission (commission) named Nick Nakashian as Director of Content Development. Nakashian joined the commission in October 2019 and in July 2022, was promoted to Assistant Director of Marketing, Content Development and Analysis. In his new role, Nakashian will direct the development of content for …

California Wine Festival Returns at Four Picturesque Coastal Destinations

California Wine Festival, a nationally recognized event series, is proud to announce its return in 2024 to celebrate over 20 years of bringing attention to the beautiful wines, foods, and landscapes of California. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California Wine Festival aims to highlight the best of California’s wine regions and this year will feature events at four top …

Protecting Your Vineyard From the Threat of Fungicide Resistance

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Every grape grower understands the challenge of controlling fungal diseases. Although fungicide applications are the most effective strategy for disease management, the rise of fungicide resistance poses a significant threat to efficacy. Growers are often unaware they have a fungicide resistance issue until devastating diseases like botrytis bunch rot and powdery mildew have caused substantial and …

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