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The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries Announces Acquisition of Napa’s Oso Vineyard

The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries, a focused portfolio of world-class Napa Valley-based wineries including PlumpJack Estate Winery, CADE Estate Winery, Odette Estate Winery and 13th Vineyard by CADE, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Oso Vineyard, a sprawling, high elevation site in northeastern Napa Valley. With this investment, The PlumpJack Collection is now one of the largest estate wineries …

Sonoma County’s Gracianna Winery Again Rated Top California Winery

The summer of 2022 has been very kind to Gracianna! Not only has the winery has been receiving a multitude of gold medals from wine competitions and admirations from the wine press for its release of the stunning and collectible 2019 Stagecoach Vineyard® Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but beyond those honors, Gracianna has also been racking up hospitality accolades across …

Dry Creek Vineyard Celebrates a Family Legacy 50 Years In The Making

Exactly 50 years ago today, Dry Creek Vineyard founder and California wine pioneer David S. Stare received the necessary permits to build the first new winery in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, following Prohibition. Founded in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. The history of this multigenerational …

First Detection of Spotted Lanternfly in Michigan

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) has been hitchhiking across much of the northeastern United States since its discovery in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014. The pest can now be found in at least 13 states, including a small, localized population in Oakland County, the first known occurrence of live spotted lanternflies in Michigan. This infestation appears to have been caused by spotted …

Grape Harvest Has Begun in Southwest Michigan

Michigan State University Extension — In southwest Michigan, most varieties are in the middle of or have completed veraison. Harvest has begun on early wine grape varieties for sparkling wine. Veraison is here in northern vineyards, and some early grape varieties are softening and their acid levels are dropping (Photo 1). In some locations in the Leelanau Peninsula, some early varieties such …

Third Generation Family-Owned Sangiacomo Vineyards Celebrates 95 Years in Sonoma County

The pioneering Sangiacomo family, leaders in sustainable grape growing in Sonoma County, are honored to celebrate 95 years of farming and stewardship in Sonoma. The Sangiacomo family’s roots in Sonoma County began on August 30, 1927, when founder Vittorio Sangiacomo signed the deed to the 55-acre Eden Dale ranch, at the southern end of the Sonoma Valley in what is …

Abby Hammermeister of UC Davis Wins National Grape Research Alliance Inaugural Award

In Spring 2022, the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) announced the NGRA Fellowship, offering $30,000 per year for up to three years to a Ph.D. student conducting research addressing one or more of NGRA’s industry research priorities. In addition to the monetary award, the doctoral fellowship also includes a unique opportunity to receive mentorship, exposure to commercial grape production and …

Disease Threats as Missouri Grape Harvest Approaches

As harvest approaches for Missouri grape growers, it’s important to remain vigilant to the end regarding disease management and poor weather conditions can have a significant impact on disease pressure and crop quality this time of the year.  In order for Downy mildew to infect grape tissue the tissue must be wet or have free-water available. In the absence of …

California’s Fetzer Vineyards Adopts the Operating Name Change of Bonterra Organic Estates

Fetzer Vineyards, one of the leading organic wineries in the U.S., announced that it is adopting the operating name of Bonterra Organic Estates, effective immediately. The name Bonterra Organic Estates affirms the company’s commitment to regenerative organic farming, responsible business practices and environmental stewardship. The new name applies to the company’s corporate identity, as well as its Mendocino County, Calif., vineyard holdings …

Arrow & Branch Breaks Ground on New Napa Valley Winery

The proprietors of Napa Valley’s Arrow&Branch Estate Vineyard (www.ArrowandBranch.com) in Coombsville, Steve and Seanne Contursi, have announced plans for a new winery on the 10-acre L’attitude Vineyard they purchased in 2020. The property is in the Oak Knoll American Viticultural Area along Highway 29 in Napa at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The formal groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for …

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