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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel Confirmed as ASEV President for 2019-2020

Kristen Barnhisel-ASEV President

Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker for white wines at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, has been named 2019-2020 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV). She succeeds John Thorngate, vice president of operations technical services at Constellation Brands. In her new role, Barnhisel will lead ASEV’s 12-member board.  “I am pleased to serve with leaders in viticulture and enology …

Flowers Vineyards & Winery Opens New Destination Guest Experience in Healdsburg

Flowers Vineyards & Winery, pioneers of growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the rugged coastal ridges of the extreme Sonoma Coast, is pleased to announce the opening celebration of its new destination guest experience today, Monday, July 8.  The 15.5-acre estate, located just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, features a hospitality house, the winemaking facility, indoor and outdoor seating, expansive gardens, …

ROC-Oregon to Hold First Willamette Valley Regional Meeting

Willamette Valley Regional Meeting

The non-profit Research Oenovation Collective, the ROC, will hold a regional meeting for wine industry professionals from the Willamette Valley region on Wednesday July 10 from 4 to 6 pm at the Crush2Cellar facility at 214 West Hancock Street in Newberg, OR. Like all regional chapters of the Research Oenovation Collective, ROC-Oregon will meet five times yearly outside of harvest …

CAWG Seeks State Support for Wine & Viticulture Research at Legislative Hearing

Wine & Viticulture Research

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) requested state support for critical wine and viticulture research during today’s joint hearing of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry and the Assembly Select Committee on Wine. The hearing – titled “Cultivating the Next Generation of Wine Industry Leaders and Emerging Markets in California” – covered the state of wine education and research, as well as emerging …

Connecticut Consumers Celebrate New Wine Shipping Law

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The National Association of Wine Retailers and Connecticut consumers have reasons to celebrate with Governor Ned Lamont’s signing of Senate Bill 647, which legalizes shipments of wine from out-of-state wine stores and wine retailers to residents of the state. The legislation, championed by Senator John Fonfara, means consumers may begin receiving wine shipments from some of America’s best wine retailers …

California Fresh Fruit Association names Ian Lemay new president!

(Fresno, CA) – Today, Randy Giumarra, the Chairman of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) Board of Directors announced that Ian LeMay will serve as the new president of CFFA. LeMay will succeed GeorgeRadanovich, who has held the position since 2016 and will be leaving CFFA to promote sound ag labor policy inWashington, DC. Chairman Giumarra stated “Ian’s appointment is …

Wine Institute Applauds New Congressional Wine Caucus Leadership

Wine Caucus Leadership

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley, CA), the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, announced today that Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Yakima Valley, WA) has been selected as the new Co-Chair of the Wine Caucus. Newhouse, a lifelong farmer and winegrape grower, represents the premier wine regions of Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla Valley. Newhouse will serve …

Honore Comfort Named Wine Institute Vice President of International Marketing

Honore Comfort

SAN FRANCISCO — Wine Institute announced the appointment of Honore Comfort as Vice President of International Marketing, effective April 8, 2019. Ms. Comfort brings extensive experience in international wine marketing, winery association management, brand strategy and wine export sales to the role. “Honore is a respected leader in the wine industry whose depth of experience will contribute to the continued growth of …

Dr. Sara Spayd of North Carolina State University to Receive ASEV’s Highest Honor

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Professor Emerita Dr. Sara Spayd of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, has been selected to receive the American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) Merit Award for 2019. Dr. Spayd will be presenting the Merit Award Presentation, “Grape and Wine Industry, Research, Extension and Education: It Takes Villages,” at the 70th ASEV National Conference on June 20, 2019 in Napa, …

USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

Flooded Vineyard

California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains  California Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in …

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