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Winery Numbers Increase, Distributors Consolidate — What’s a Mid-size Winery to Do?

With the number of wineries in the US higher than ever, and only a few retailers controlling the bulk of wine distribution, what’s a mid-size winery to do to get their product through the supply chain?  Watch this brief interview with wine broker Glenn Proctor from the Ciatti Company as he shares a few recommendations and read more it in …

OSU on Managing Grapevine Water Status Under Irrigated & Non-irrigated Conditions

Why water management is important Proper management of grapevine water status is critical to optimizing your vineyard production practices, whether they are focused on yield, fruit quality, or both. The water status of vines – how “wet” or “dry” they are – affects all aspects of plant function, and depends on two factors: the available water supply in the soil, …

Nutrient Guidelines for Wine Grapes

Since bloom was accelerated by the recent warm days, most of you will have already collected and submitted your bloom time tissue samples to monitor vine nutrient status. Many growers are making the switch to using leaf blades rather than petioles based on my recommendations. While this may seem a little unnerving for some, using leaf blades for nutrient tests …

Wine Grower Andy Hoxsey, CAWG Grower of the Year

With the annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape Growers came the announcement and presentation of CAWG’s Grower of the Year award, honoring Andy Hoxsey from Napa Wine Company.  Watch this brief presentation honoring Hoxsey, as delivered by Randy Lange of LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards at the Awards of Excellence dinner in Sonoma.  Hoxsey was also featured …

Purdue Professor Helps Longtime Grape Growers Embrace New Technology

California vineyard owners are carefully watching grapes mature on the vine this summer, just one in a list of responsibilities that determines their chances at a successful season. Years of experience working the land have been the main tool for these growers, but environmental restrictions and requirements are making the job increasingly complicated. David Ebert of Purdue University’s College of …

Japanese Beetle in Fruit Crops: Overwintering Survival & Updates for 2019

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is an invasive species first detected in Minnesota in 1968. In recent years, JB adult activity has been most active in the Twin Cities region, but the beetle is also found in southeast MN, and in selected counties in central MN. In recent years, Japanese beetle (JB) populations have been increasing significantly, primarily in the southeast, …

Bricoleur Vineyards Announces Plans to Open New Winery And Hospitality Retreat in Windsor This Fall

San Francisco Bay Area natives Mark and Elizabeth Hanson and daughter Sarah Hanson Citron are thrilled to announce their  plans to open a new winery and hospitality retreat, Bricoleur Vineyards, in Windsor, Sonoma County this fall.  The 40-acre estate features a hospitality barn, pavilion, rose garden and bocce ball courts, several patios, two ponds, an estate villa and a refurbished historic …

Wine Institute Series Highlights the Wine Roads Less Traveled

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s northern Central Coast, extending from the San Francisco Bay to Monterey County, is the focus this month as part of Wine Institute’s Wine Country Back Roads series. California is home to dozens of distinct wine regions, including some of the world’s most famous destinations. But hidden among even the high-profile appellations are the wine roads less traveled. These …

Drones Provide Eye-in-the-Sky to Help Fight Fires

Wildfires blackened nearly 8.8 million acres in the United States last year, highlighted in the news by California’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in that state’s history. One of the many things that make wildfires so difficult to contain is the effect a fire has on local winds, which can move the fire in unexpected directions with virtually no notice. But, …

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