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Chilean Raisin Production & Exports Down

For MY2021/22, Post projects 59,000 MT of raisin production and 56,200 MT of exports. This will represent a one percent decrease in Chilean raisin production and exports. The decrease can be attributed to a reduction in table grape planted area as farmers switched to more profitable crops such as cherries, walnuts, avocado, and citrus. Raisin production in Chile relies almost …

Dry Creek Vineyard Begins Historic 50th Harvest

Dry Creek Vineyard announced the beginning of its 50th harvest just one day after the winery’s anniversary of 49 years of family winemaking in Sonoma County, California. This historic vintage was marked with the arrival of 10.35 tons of Sauvignon Blanc from one of the family’s estate vineyards. The love of the Loire Valley led Founder David S. Stare to produce …

Spotted Lanternfly Spreading in New York State

The spotted lanternfly – an invasive, destructive pest with a wide range of hosts including grapes, apples, hops, maple and walnut – has spread to a growing number of counties in New York state. The first major infestation in the state was detected in Staten Island in August 2020, and the insect appears to have established itself there. Two months …

Third Annual International Canned Wine Competition Awards Gold to Aluminum

Over three hundred canned wines from all over the world flexed their aluminum muscles at the third annual International Canned Wine Competition held July 20-22 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. Wines from seventeen countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, England and even India, competed with their compatriots from all corners of the United States. …

Rhone Rangers To Honor Gary Eberle With Lifetime Achievement Award

The national Rhone Rangers organization will present its sixth Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, August 19, 2021, to recognize the significant contributions made by an individual to the American Rhone wine movement. This year’s award will be given to Gary Eberle, founder and owner of Eberle Winery. Honoring Eberle on behalf of the Rhone Rangers will be guest moderator and …

Walla Walla Valley Successfully Defends Its Title, Named ‘Best Wine Region’ By USA Today

For the second consecutive year, the Walla Walla Valley has been named America’s Best Wine Region in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, following a month-long vote of the public. A finalist in the competition each of the last four years, and now a back-to-back winner in the category, the Walla Walla Valley prevailed over 19 other finalists chosen …

Michigan Crop & Vineyard IPM Update

Michigan State University Extension — Veraison season is here. Third generation of grape berry moth is predicted to be starting in southern Michigan.   Weather Last week started cool and dry with high temperatures in the mid-70s statewide. Temperatures climbed through the week, topping out in the upper 80s in southwest Michigan, mid-80s in the rest of the state. Higher humidity returned …

Pre-veraison and Veraison Canopy Management in Michigan Vineyards

In cool climate viticulture with short seasons and reduced heat accumulation during summer, careful and timely viticultural practices are essential for maximizing the profitability and sustainability of your vineyards. Grapevine Cluster Zone Leaf Removal In order to regulate the quality of the grapes, growers in cool climate regions implement several different canopy management tasks in the vineyard to reduce the …

Napa Valley ADAMVS Winery Welcomes Alberto Bianchi as Winemaker

Denise Adams, co-owner of ADAMVS, a profound and geologically diverse Estate vineyard resting atop the legendary Howell Mountain, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Alberto Bianchi as Winemaker.  The Adams are also proprietor/vintners of Château Fonplégade, a Grand Cru Classé Château and vineyard in St. Émilion, Bordeaux. Bianchi was selected by ADAMVS owners, Denise and Stephen Adams, following an extensive, months-long search …

Official Certification for Improving Wine Quality and the Market

If consumers cannot tell the quality of a product when they buy it, it can drive high-quality products, like a good French wine, out of the market. Consumers would not pay a premium, and producers would have no incentive to make costly quality improvements. This widely held economic tenet, formalized in a famed article by Nobel Prize-winner George Akerlof, suggests …

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