Economics

California’s Wine Community Recognizes October’s Farmer and Farmworker Month

California is the country’s top agricultural producer and in October the state’s wine and winegrape growing community honors the farmers and farmworkers who nurture and harvest more than 400 crops – ranging from fruits, vegetables and nuts to more than 100 winegrape varieties.   “California Farmer and Farmworker Month is an important opportunity to recognize all those who work incredibly hard to bring the Golden State’s world class wine and agricultural products into the homes and communities across the state, the nation …

SLO Coast Wine History: A Pioneering Spirit

San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective — When you talk to early winery owners of the SLO Coast Wine region, there is a pioneering spirit that shines through along with a true do-it-yourself aesthetic. From humble beginnings to world class recognition, the SLO Coast wine region was trailblazed by a group of committed dreamers, farmers, and enthusiasts who all agree they could not …

Napa Valley Winery St. Supéry Estate Celebrates ‘Everyday Heroes’

This autumn through March 2022, St. Supéry, a Napa Valley community leader with a deep commitment to sustainability, will celebrate unsung everyday heroes who make a difference in communities and neighborhoods across the country. Through the #InJoy Everyday Hero project, St. Supéry hopes to inspire people to give back and spread joy. In addition to highlighting the stories of everyday heroes on …

Australian Table Grape Market Stunted by COVID & Global Logistics Crisis

Australia’s table grape production is expected to increase to 210,000 MT in marketing year (MY) 2021/22, from an estimated 200,000 metric tons (MT) in MY 2020/21. Despite expanded vine plantings in recent years now coming into fruiting, production has remained relatively flat since MY 2019/20. Reduced labor availability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted production but also …

Legislation Supports Sustainable Practice: Consumers can Refill Bottles at Wine Tasting Rooms

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association is excited to announce Governor Newsom’s signing of AB 239 into law. This bill allows winery guests to bring their own wine bottles to be refilled at participating wineries off-site tasting rooms. “AB 239 will help to expand business opportunities for family wineries, reduce consumer waste, and bring parity to our marketplace,” said …

Top Costly Legal Issues Ag Employers can Prevent

At the Annual Convention of the Almond Alliance of California, Stacy Henderson, Almond Alliance’s go-to attorney for ag labor law, shared some of the top costly mistakes ag employers should know about that can be prevented. Watch this brief video with Stacy as she explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Bledsoe | McDaniels Winery Acquires 80 Acre Estate Vineyard In Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills

Bledsoe|McDaniels Winery, a unique collaboration between proprietors Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels venturing into Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, has announced the purchase of an 80-acre estate vineyard property in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. This is the first Willamette Valley estate vineyard for Bledsoe Wine Estates, which includes the Bledsoe|McDaniels, Doubleback, and Bledsoe Family Winery labels, and a potential home for …

Supporting Sustainability in SLO CAL’s Wine Country

Up and down the roughly 70-miles of Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County you will find over 250 wineries. But how do you decide who to support and maybe join their wine club? Consider filtering by eco-friendly and sustainable, and don’t forget to review our handy packing list! Combining the SLO Coast Wine region and Paso Robles Wine Country, SLO …

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 …

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