Economics

How to Assess Whether Grapes & Wines are Affected by Wildfire Smoke Exposure

Oregon State University Extension — Vineyards on the west coast have experienced wildfires over the past few years and are currently faced with a difficult 2020 wildfire season. Vineyard exposure to smoke can lead to smoky aromas in wines. While grapes can be tested for smoke marker compounds, wines produced from micro-fermentations can yield more comprehensive information when they undergo sensory and …

Wine Enjoying Mini-Boom in the COVID-19 Era, but Dark Economic Clouds on Horizon

Wine drinkers across key consumption markets have been turning more often to wine as a beverage during the Covid-19 pandemic, spurred by new ‘lockdown’ occasions and more drinking outside of mealtimes, according to a new report published on October 5th 2020. Wine Consumer Trends in the Covid-19 Era draws on tracking data collected from nationally representative samples of wine drinkers …

CDFA & UC Davis Collaborate to Assist Commercial Laboratories Testing Smoke Impact in Wine Grapes

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, and the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are offering laboratory services, with limited capacity, to test winegrapes and wine for the presence of smoke compounds due to recent wildfires. In addition to commercial laboratories already performing tests, these laboratories are offering …

Bâtonnage Launches Mentorship Program to Support Equity & Inclusion in the Wine Industry

Bâtonnage, a forum aimed at opening up conversation about women in wine, has launched a new mentorship program designed to transform conversations about equality into actions that create equity. The Bâtonnage Mentorship Program seeks to create a pragmatic, positive, inclusive course forward wherein individuals who have traditionally been overlooked or spoken over achieve equal opportunities, equal representation, and especially equal leadership positions within all sectors and tiers of our industry. Since …

Mendocino Winegrowers Successfully Passes ‘Mendocino County’ Labeling Law

Mendocino WineGrowers (MWI), the wine marketing organization for Mendocino County, is proud to announce their success in getting conjunctive labeling passed for the County.  As of January 1, 2023 all wines labeled with an AVA located in Mendocino County must also include “Mendocino County” on the label.  This designation is a huge coup for an area whose grapes are prominently …

San Francisco Wine School Anniversary Celebration Benefits the New Glancy Wine Education Foundation

On Saturday, November 14th from 6-8 pm, San Francisco Wine School invites the public to join their Anniversary Celebration and Scholarship Auction benefiting the newly formed Glancy Wine Education Foundation, which provides financial aid to low income and minority wine & hospitality professionals. Co-Owners of San Francisco Wine School, Master Sommelier David Glancy and Chief Operating Officer Kristin Campbell, have made it their mission to open up …

Researchers Continue Grapevine Red Blotch Vector Search

Entomologists have a unique toolbox of gadgets designed to trap and collect otherwise hard to nab insects.  Beating, sweeping, sucking, and carefully brushing, these scientists have no lack of creativity when it comes to collecting what most people can’t even see.  Yet these collections are critical keys to unravel the mystery of crop-threatening disease, where insects often play the role …

Understanding the Economic Consequences of Smoke Events for the Oregon Wine Industry

With genuine concerns for the loss of life and property during this time of still-burning wildfires, I am also challenged by questions about the economic consequences of these fires for Oregon’s wine industry. With most grapes still in the vineyard, the potential for significant loss of this year’s harvest weighs heavily on vineyard managers throughout the state. The short-run answer, …

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