Economics

Viticulture & Enology Opportunities at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute

Reporting from Roseburg, Oregon, watch this brief interview with Andy Swan, Director of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute, as he shares the unique viticulture and enology hands-on learning opportunities for both current and future members of the wine grape industry.  This Wine Institute was established in 2008 as part of Umpqua Community College, featuring a commercial-scale wine making facility, student-cultivated …

Ag Goals & Progress of Voluntary Agreements for Bay-Delta Flows

What is now being referred to as a 20 year drought in California has caused many problems for not only farmers, but all Californians and wildlife. In addition to the dire need for water infrastructure renovations, farming groups are also very focused on pursuing voluntary agreements for alternatives to the California State Water Resources Control Board plan for Bay-Delta flows. …

2021 California Grape Harvest & Market Update

Wine grape harvest has begun in the Central Valley of California. After considerable challenges in both production and the wine grape market last year, how are things looking now and what can we expect for the 2021 vintage? Watch this brief interview with Jeff Bitter, President of Allied Grape Growers, as he shares his insights and read more about it …

Washington State Wine Commission Announces Research Priorities

Sustainability in the vineyard and winery is a key theme for the Washington wine industry’s research program this year. Newly-released research priorities, developed by the state’s wine grape growers and vintners, will drive the industry’s research program this fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022). Research priorities are annually revised by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Washington State Wine …

WA Wine Cup® Raises $56,650 for Sustainable & Educational Programs

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation hosted the 21st annual Wine Cup® in Walla Walla raising over $56,650 to support programs from education to sustainability. Nearly 100 golfers from around the state gathered for a ‘Chip It In’ reception at Tranche Cellars and golf tournament at Walla Walla Country Club. The winning team of the coveted perpetual Wine Cup® trophy included …

Preparing to Harvest Raisins Under Smoky Skies: What Growers Need to Know

Most agricultural news coverage of the wildfire impact last year focused on the wine grape industry.  Though raisins don’t share the same concern for smoke taint as wine grapes, the lack of radiant sunlight due to smoky overcast skies had a significant effect on the sugar accumulation and natural drying process for much of Central Valley raisin crop last year. …

Sustainable Conservation Releases Key Water Quality Guidance for On-Farm Recharge

Sustainable Conservation, a San Francisco- and Modesto-based non-profit, has developed two key resources to inform on-farm recharge practices that are protective of water quality. Over 600,000 Californians rely on nitrate-contaminated public supply wells for their household water needs. Many others struggle with contaminated groundwater from private, domestic wells – so the numbers are even greater. Recharging groundwater with water quality …

Herzog Wine Cellars Welcomes David Galzignato as Director of Winemaking Operations

Herzog Wine Cellars, a Southern California winery owned and operated by America’s oldest wine making family, is pleased to announce and welcome celebrated winemaker David Galzignato as its new Senior Winemaker and Director of Winemaking Operations. Galzignato will work with one of Herzog’s founding winemakers, Joe Hurliman, who has crafted globally awarded Herzog wines for the past twenty-three harvests. Galzignato …

Phantom Creek Estates Appoints Mark Beringer as Director of Winemaking

Phantom Creek Estates announced today the winery’s appointment of Mark Beringer to Director of Winemaking.  Beringer will work closely with the winery’s winemaker for the white wine program Karin Grosstessner-Hain, who has been with the winery since the inaugural 2016 vintage, and internationally renowned winemaking team Philippe Melka and Olivier Humbrecht MW. Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards’ founding brother …

Washington Issues Rules to Protect Farm Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Washington is under a state of emergency, with more than 600 wildfires reported already this year. That’s about double the normal rate, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke that can expose outdoor workers in construction, agriculture, and other jobs to health risks from breathing particulate matter in the air. To help these and other …

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