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USDA Grant Boosts Research to Improve Marketing of WA Wines

Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management has received $500,000 to research and develop virtual reality marketing experiences to increase brand awareness of Washington state wines. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a one-to-one match from the WSU Carson College of Business. “The Washington state wine industry continues to face challenges …

Revitalizing Winery Wastewater in the Vineyard by Cover Cropping

Amidst the current drought, growers can use all the water they can get, and recycling winery wastewater back into the vineyard would seem like a nice idea — except that water from the wineries are generally high in salts/chlorides, which would prove detrimental to soil health… unless certain cover crops planted down vineyard rows could remove the unwanted additives. Watch …

Fully Automated Wine Grape Vineyard Pruning Becomes More Economical

There is not always sufficient time and labor to accomplish all the tasks that need to be taken care of in the vineyard.  Fortunately researchers and allied industry stakeholders have collaborated and innovated to provide an economical way for the full automation of winter pruning in wine grape vineyards.  Watch this brief video with Kaan Kurtural from UC Davis as …

Fresno State Researchers Investigate Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes to Help Define Thresholds

Viticulture and enology researchers from multiple universities have been feverishly working with the western wine grape industry to learn more about how wildfire smoke impacts developing wine grapes. The hope is to develop some form of industry standard threshold for smoke taint, so that wine grapes will not be rejected at the winery unless they have truly been compromised.  Watch …

Sonoma County Wine Auction Raises Over $1.8 Million To Fund Nonprofits

Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is pleased to announce that its annual Sonoma County Wine Auction (SCWA) has raised over $1.8 million, which will fund SCVF Community Grants for nonprofit organizations serving Sonoma County. Presented by Vintec, SCWA was held at the beautiful Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery on September 17, 2022. Since the auction’s inception more than $40 million has been raised, making …

Michigan Grape and Wine Educational Needs Survey

Michigan State University Extension is looking forward to hearing from both growers and producers to help us meet their educational needs and serve them better. This survey is designed to collect the educational needs of wine and juice grape growers and winemakers across the state of Michigan.   Please contribute to improving the relevance and quality of education. Your input is very valuable and will help …

Wine & Spirit Education Trust to Hold First Virtual Open House

WSET (the Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is to hold its first ‘virtual open house’ event on 19th – 20th October 2022 as part of an ongoing drive to raise awareness of its qualifications within the global drinks trade. Free to attend, the online event will showcase WSET’s portfolio of globally recognised wine, spirit and sake qualifications. The event has …

Meritage Resort and Spa Announces Second Annual Cabernet Classic in Napa Valley

The Meritage Resort and Spa, the AAA Four Diamond resort located at the gateway to Napa Valley, is pleased to announce the second annual Cabernet Classic taking place Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6.  Hosted at the stunning wine country resort, Cabernet Classic is Napa Valley’s premier event focused specifically on Cabernet in all its styles.  The three-day gathering …

Bledsoe|McDaniels Acquires àMaurice Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley

Bledsoe|McDaniels, a winery owned by Bledsoe Wine Estates as a partnership between former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe and wine industry leader Josh McDaniels, announced the purchase of the 20-acre àMaurice Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. With 12.5 acres planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, the vineyard joins their collection of estate vineyards and provides a home …

Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa Valley Vintners And Visit Napa Valley Fund 24/7 Wildfire Detection Sensors

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa Valley Vintners, and Visit Napa Valley have joined together to fund three early detection wildfire sensors on Atlas Peak, Clover Flat, and Diamond Mountain with 24/7 monitoring to protect Napa County residents and businesses from wildfires. The three organizations have assumed financial responsibility for the service through the months of September, October, and November 2022: …

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