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California Fresh Fruit Association Hires New Director of Member Services and Communications

Fresno, California – The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) today announced the hiring of Courtney Razor as its new Director of Member Services and Communications. Mrs. Razor comes to the Association after serving as the Chief Operations Officer for the Fresno County Farm Bureau for the last six and a half years. In her role at the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Mrs. Razor managed …

UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse

Grapevines are suddenly dying in Lodi and the coastal grape growing regions of California, and the cause is currently unknown.  A team of extension experts at UC Davis are currently working with the industry to investigate this issue that is becoming more prevalent in the state.  Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen as he explains and read …

2019 Wine Grape Harvest Begins in Sonoma County

Following a record rainfall this past winter and a cool spring, the summer growing season has been near-perfect for Sonoma County winegrapes.  Now grape growers and winemakers throughout Sonoma County are in constant contact coordinating their schedules as the 2019 harvest began overnight. Among the first grapes of the season harvested in Sonoma County were picked this morning just after …

Lodi Winegrape Commission Welcomes New Officers and Members of Board of Directors

The new 2019-2020 board of directors took office during the July meeting of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Diego Olagaray joins current commissioners Kendra Altnow, Ben Kolber, Aaron Shinn, Galen Schmiedt, Bruce Fry, Curt Gillespie, Matt Lauchland, and Ed Van Diemen. Joining current alternates Brandon Sywassink, Art Prudhel, Tom Murphy, Clifford Castelanelli, and Phil Abba are Mitch Spaletta, Todd Maley, Garret …

Sunpreme Raisin Trial Returns to the Kearney Ag Center

It’s human nature to point fingers, but let’s face it — accidents happen, and we all make mistakes from time to time.  What matters is how we respond to them.  And despite an accident that setback the DOV Sunpreme raisin variety trial at the UC Kearney Ag Center, the trial continues on.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor …

Atlas Vineyard Management Expands With Acquisition of Bowland Vineyard Management

Atlas Vineyard Management, Inc. has acquired the premier viticultural group, Bowland Vineyard Management. The addition of the 34 Bowland properties to Atlas’ existing client portfolio represents over 3000 total acres of premier vineyard property in the prime winegrowing regions of California, Oregon, and Washington states. Atlas Vineyard Management facilitates everything from site selection, vineyard development, vineyard farming, viticulture services, and …

WSET Reports Record Annual Candidate Figures in 50th Year

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has reported its highest ever annual candidate figures for the last academic year. In 2018/2019 a total of 108,557 candidates took a WSET qualification, breaking the 100,000 barrier for the first time. This represents a 15% increase year-on-year versus last year’s candidate figures and reinforces the organization’s continued …

Drilling for Microbial Gold: Eskalen Lab Researchers Seek Biocontrol Agents for Canker Disease

Marcelo Bustamante, PhD student in Akif Eskalen’s lab, is on a mission.  A sort of microbial safari.  Only the fungi and bacteria Marcelo is collecting aren’t easy to catch-they live insidethe grape vine, potentially protecting it from deadly canker disease organisms.  To capture these microbes, Marcelo and his lab mates use a sterile drill bit to drill a small hole in grape vine trunks and …

2019 Harvest Begins in Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) is pleased to announce that harvest has begun in Napa Valley. As is traditionally the case, harvest typically begins with the sparkling wine producers and Rodgers Vineyard will begin picking Pinot Noir for Mumm Napa Valley today. Throughout Napa Valley most white varieties will be harvested through the end of August, while the Cabernet Sauvignon …

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