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Record Number of Students Take WSET Qualifications

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications, has reported that in the last academic year (2020/21) a total of 108,584 students took a WSET qualification through the organisation’s global network of course providers. This represents a 12% increase on 2019/20 and exceeds the previous record of 108,529 candidates in the …

Paso Robles Soil Health Project Looking for Participants

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and Upper Salinas Las Tablas RCD is working with a team of California soil scientists and extension agents (Dr. Cristina Lazcano, Dr. Kerri Steenwerth, Dr. Charlotte Decock, Mark Battany and others) to study soil health, and the potential for carbon sequestration in vineyard soils of Paso Robles. Our goals include developing real metrics for what a “healthy soil” is for …

Treasury Wine Estates Announces Commitment to 100% Renewable Electricity

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE) announced it was joining the RE100 global renewable power initiative as part of the premium wine company’s commitment to switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2024 across its global operations.TWE’s premium wines including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Pepperjack, Wynns, and Squealing Pig will be made with 100% renewable electricity by 2024.As part of its transition to …

PD/GWSS Board Welcomes Research Coordinator

The PD/GWSS Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Lowe will oversee and guide the Board’s extensive research program as research coordinator. With over 20 years of experience working with growers and researchers at the junction of viticulture science and practical farming, Dr. Lowe brings a valuable perspective to the Board’s mission of investing in research and outreach to protect California …

Sokol Blosser Winery Celebrates 50 Years with Two New Box Wines

Sokol Blosser Winery, one of the Willamette Valley’s pioneering wineries celebrating 50 years in 2021, is adding to its breakthrough line box wines with two new 1.5-liter boxes of Evolution Chardonnay and Evolution Big Time Red. “When we launched our first two Evolution box wines in mid-2020, they were met with huge enthusiasm,” says Sokol Blosser CEO Alison Sokol Blosser. …

American Vineyard September Issue

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Contents of the September Issue: That Which was Lost has Been Found Growing Muscadines in Richmond, North Carolina Combating Smoke Exposure WA Wine Scientists Run Critical Studies Sustainability Leadership Awards Recognizing Leaders in Sustainable Growing The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs California Indiana Michigan Minnesota New York North Carolina Washington

Turkish Raisin Crop Forecast and Exports Down Due to Pandemic and Spring Freeze

This report focuses specifically on sultana raisins, which are a dried seedless grape variety indigenous to the Aegean region of Turkey and are grown mostly in the regions of Manisa, Izmir and Aydin. Turkey’s raisin production is forecast at 250,000 metric tons (MT) in MY 2021/22, slightly down from MY 2020/21 due to frost damage that occurred in Manisa during …

Bill Brosseau Celebrates 25th Harvest at Brosseau Vineyard, 10th Year Certified Organic

Veteran winemaker Bill Brosseau marked the start of his 25th professional harvest on Monday, August 23rd for the 2021 vintage of Brosseau Wines. Harvested at night, Chardonnay grapes were the first to be hand-cut from the vines of Brosseau Vineyard, his family’s certified organic estate in Monterey County’s Chalone Appellation. Brosseau Vineyard is celebrating 10 years of organic certification and …

New Info on Fungicide Options for Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine grapes are widely grown in the southeastern U.S. for wine and for commercial fresh market and pick-your-own sales. Production is increasing and has expanded to other countries, especially production of fresh-market cultivars. Muscadines are resistant to some diseases that affect bunch grapes, such as downy mildew and Botrytis bunch rot, but are susceptible to a number of other diseases, …

Michael David Winery Inducted into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame

The San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, now in its 36th year, is pleased to announce its 2021 inductees.  The Agricultural Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have contributed to agriculture and to their community in significant ways. The honorees will then be recognized at our annual Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Robert J. …

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