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American Vineyard Magazine April Issue

American Vineyard April 2020

Contents of the April Issue: Tragedy to Triumph with John Balletto Wine Grape Grower Not Discouraged by Challenges California Wine Institute Conference Wine Leaders Highlight Trade Opportunities The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs Spring Vineyard Frost Protection Options for Monitoring & Mitigation

CDFA Releases CA 2019 Preliminary Grape Crush Report

The 2019 crush totaled 4,085,772 tons, down 9.3 percent from the 2018 crush of 4,506,010 tons.  Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,135,112 tons, down 12.8 percent from 2018.  The 2019 white wine variety crush totaled 1,755,141 tons, down 4.3 percent from 2018.  Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 61,051, down 26.0 …

Global Trade, Emerging Trends and Market Conditions at 26th Unified Symposium

Every aspect of the wine and winegrape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, came under the microscope as experts, economists, scientists and researchers from around the world shared their perspectives with thousands of industry professionals at the 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today. As the largest wine and grape industry show …

New Tool for More Accurately Predicting Vineyard Crop Yield

There are so many factors that influence crop yield from year to year and variability across vineyard blocks, making it quite difficult to predict crop size.  But what if you could get a good idea of next year’s crop yields before the season even starts?  Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante from the Dept. of Viticulture & Enology at …

Sensory tests suggest ‘liking’ wines made with native grapes a learned response

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are mostly grown in eastern North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits’ sweet, ultra “grapey” taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California. That strong grapey odor, commonly attributed …

Washington State Wine Bets Big on Research

The Washington State wine industry will significantly increase its research budget by nearly 300 percent over the next four years. Approved Friday, June 21, 2019, by the Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors, the new strategic research plan will carry forward Washington’s world-leading viticulture and enology research program to support and fund an estimated $5.5 million worth of projects.  …

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 …

San Joaquin Valley Wine Grape Industry Makes a Come Back

Last year, wine industry analysts were questioning the strength of the high end wine market, as prices got higher and higher; and now it appears that the tide is turning again for California wine grape growers, as much of the movement of inventory is coming back to the San Joaquin Valley. Watch this brief video with Jeff Bitter from Allied …

Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award Presented to Jerry Lohr

The third annual Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry, and to research, was given to Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Lohr has committed nearly 50 years of leadership and achievement to the wine industry. The award was presented to Lohr at the annual Leadership Luncheon of the Winegrape …

Key Indicators that Wine Grapes are Ready for Harvest

So how do you know when your wine grapes are ready for harvest? Wineries are looking for more than just solid brix levels. There are other chemical indicators to consider. This was one of the topics of discussion at California State University Fresno’s biennial industry Grape Day. Watch this brief interview with Tim Holt from E&J Gallo Winery as he …

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