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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 …

Cal Poly Names Center for Wine & Viticulture After Industry Donors

In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two vital donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, a family-run winery that focuses on Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in west Paso …

ASEV Confirms New President & Board Members

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has confirmed John Thorngate, Vice President of Operations Technical Services at Constellation Brands, as the 2018-2019 president. Thorngate succeeds James Harbertson of Washington State University to lead ASEV’s 12-member board. “I am honored that I get to serve alongside some of our industry’s leaders who constantly strive to find that balance between …

ASEV Confirms New President & Board Members

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has confirmed John Thorngate, Vice President of Operations Technical Services at Constellation Brands, as the 2018-2019 president. Thorngate succeeds James Harbertson of Washington State University to lead ASEV’s 12-member board. “I am honored that I get to serve alongside some of our industry’s leaders who constantly strive to find that balance between …

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