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RBA Announces 2017 Raisin Field Price

The 12 signatory California raisin processors/packers have come to an agreement with the Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) on the 2017 Natural Seedless Raisin crop field price, coming out to be the second highest price growers have ever received from their raisins. Watch this interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian for the price announcement as well as an update on the …

Drying Raisins after the Storm with Kingsburg Raisin Grower Jaswant Bal

Central Valley raisin growers experienced two brief rainstorms during harvest of an already short crop. Time will tell the true extent of the damage and ultimate size of the crop this year. The rain also put price negotiations at a halt. Watch this brief interview with Kingsburg raisin grower Jaswant Bal as he shares his perspective, as his crop was …

Al Scheid, CAWG 2017 Leader of the Year Tribute

The 2017 “Leader of the Year Award”, given by the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), was awarded to Salinas Valley wine grape grower Al Scheid from Scheid Vineyards Inc. Al was greatly instrumental in the formation of both CAWG and the CA Grape Crush Report, among many other accomplishments throughout his many years of service in the industry. Watch …

2016 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report

2016 saw increases in domestic sales for Oregon wine alongside reduced vineyard production. The leader in vineyard planted acreage and production remains Pinot Noir accounting for 64% of all planted acreage and 57% of production. Yields were mixed with varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir seeing reductions, with varieties including Riesling, Syrah, and Merlot seeing increases. …

ASEV Confirmed Enologist Harbertson as President

Davis, Calif., Aug 28, 2017…The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has confirmed James Harbertson as the 2017-2018 president. Harbertson, associate professor at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, succeeds Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories to lead ASEV’s 11-member board. Harbertson also holds the interim technical program director position. An active member of ASEV since 1998, Harbertson has served on the …

California Raisin Crop Forecast Down, Value Increasing

The California raisin crop is down, and coupled with a greater demand for green grapes at the wineries this year, raisin packers are already making much higher offers to their growers for their crops this season. Watch this video interview with Kalem Barserian, CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association, as he explains more, and read more in the coming issue …

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