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Wine Institute Names New Director, Great Lakes States

Wine Institute has announced the appointment of Geralyn Lasher as its director, Great Lakes States, effective Dec. 1, 2021. Lasher currently serves as a commissioner on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, where she’s responsible for licensing, policy and enforcement of the state’s liquor code. She also works with a wide range of partners in the alcohol beverage industry including brewers, distillers, distributors, retailers, suppliers and winemakers. “Geralyn understands that effective outreach and education are …

CAWG Elects New Board Directors, Tom Slater as Chair

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has announced the election of new board officers and directors. CAWG is governed by 27 growers in six districts who serve three-year terms beginning Dec. 1. Tom Slater of Slater Farms in Clarksburg was elected chair. He succeeds Mike Testa of Coastal Vineyard Care in Buellton, who served in the role for two years. Other …

American Vineyard December Issue

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Contents of the December Issue: Through the Grapevine In Thy Dark Streets Shineth… Viticulture From a Byrds Eye View From Hawaii Shop Owner to Award-Winning Grower Raisin Supply & Demand Return to Balance Sun-Maid Invests, Acquires Plum Organics The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs California Michigan Oregon

Why Sonoma County Needs a Wine Grape Pest Control District

“Napa County has a Wine Grape Pest Control District, why not other critical wine growing regions in the North Coast?” This was a topic of discussion at the recent Sonoma Grape Expo.  Vineyards are constantly threatened by invasive pests and diseases, and Jason Saling (local grower, President of the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group, and Chair pro Tem on the …

Successful North Coast Grape Harvest Spurs Growth & Investment

Despite numerous challenges for the wine industry these past few years, Allied Grape Growers was pleased to report all of their North Coast fruit safely harvested and delivered this season. Watch this video with North Coast representative Chad Clark as he also discusses new growth and investment in the region. Read more about it in the coming issue of American …

State of the California Raisin Industry with Sun-Maid

The last few years have been quite challenging for California raisin growers.  Grower returns have been lower despite increasing input costs, but the tide appears to be changing to their favor as shared at Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Watch this brief interview with Sun-Maid Growers’ CEO Harry Overly as he explains, and read more about …

California Wine Market Shapes up with Successful 2021 Harvest

After some challenging years fraught with wildfires, pandemic and inventory issues, 2021 appears to be wrapping up on a positive note for the California wine industry as shared at Malcolm Media’s Sonoma Grape Expo.  Watch this brief interview with Marc Cuneo from Turrentine Brokerage as he explains, and read more about it in the coming issue of American Vineyard Magazine. …

Allied Grape Growers Hires Kyle Collins as Manager of North Valley Operations

Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has named Kyle Collins as its manager of North Valley operations, effective Nov. 15. He joins AGG’s managerial grape sales team, which also includes North Coast, Central Coast and Central Valley operations. In his new role, Collins will oversee Northern San Joaquin Valley grower relations and is responsible for negotiating economically sustainable grape purchase agreements for …

Dry Creek Vineyard Founder David S. Stare to be Honored as ‘American Wine Legend’

Dry Creek Vineyard is proud to announce that Wine Enthusiast Magazine will be honoring Sonoma County wine pioneer David S. Stare as its “American Wine Legend” at the upcoming 22nd annual Wine Star Awards. The momentous occasion marks the first time that the family-owned and sustainably-farmed winery has been awarded a renowned Wine Star Award. Stare will be honored in Wine Enthusiast‘s special …

Promotable California Table Grape Volume Continues Through December

With promotable volume of California grapes available through December, retail promotion and consumer advertising continue through year-end in the U.S., and in Canada, Mexico, and other key export markets, according to Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. Noting that harvest is still underway in some areas, Nave said that in a typical season California ships grapes throughout …

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