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Celebrate National White Wine Day with Refreshing CA White Wine Cocktails

Wine lovers looking for creative ways to celebrate National White Wine Day on August 3 can steal ideas from a new–and free–California Wine Cocktails eBook. The digital book, which includes several California white wine based cocktails, can be downloaded here for instant gratification!Luscious recipes featured in the eBook include Cucumber Herb Spritzer, Fresh Berry Moscato Mule and Strawberry Lemon Smash. While the white …

Don’t Let Bunch Rots Spoil Your Grape Harvest

Veraison has been spotted on grape clusters from the Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen to Les Curry’s Marquette vines in Amboy. You know what that means: It’s almost bunch rot – err, I mean – harvest season! Key grape bunch rot diseases to look out for in Minnesota include botrytis bunch rot, sour rot, and phomopsis. Another non-disease related fruit …

Pinot Leaf Curl Disorder

Pinot leaf curl (PLC) is a physiological disorder of wine grapes marked by characteristic foliar symptoms early in the season. It may be associated with a disruption of healthy nitrogen metabolism in developing shoots. Although its incidence tends to be episodic, PLC symptoms were reported in Southern Oregon in Spring 2019 and have resurfaced (to a lesser degree) in Spring …

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Moves to Virtual Conference, January 2021

Due to concerns about COVID-19, organizers of the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium announced the event will be presented online as a virtual conference on January 26-28, 2021. In addition, the Unified will host a virtual trade show throughout the three days, with an additional half day on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8 to 11 a.m. The Unified …

CA’s Robert Mondavi Winery Ranks #5 in 2020 World’s Best Vineyards, Sonoma County also Recognized

The World’ Best Vineyards just released their 2020 results of top 50 vineyards, recognizing California’s Robert Mondavi Winery as the fifth top vineyard in the world, and North America’s number one vineyard.  Watch the full announcement HERE. As the awards were supposed to debut in Sonoma County this year, but curtailed by COVID-19, there was special recognition given to Sonoma County …

Meet Stephan Sommer, Director of Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State

Have you met Stephan Sommer, Fresno State Director of Viticulture & Enology?  He joined the team at Fresno State last year, and growers will get to hear from him at Fresno State’s Grape Day coming up on August 4th, 2020 in a virtual format for the first time ever.  Watch this brief interview with Sommer, and read more about what’s …

WA Wine Collaboration Series #5 Grower & Winemaker Announced

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation announced today that two legendary names will develop the next wine in their “Collaboration Series”. Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards and retired winemaker Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery agreed to create a one-of-a-kind wine for the fifth wine in the series. The Collaboration Series salutes pioneers of Washington State Wine. Each year only 20 …

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Partners with Padilla to Launch Global Campaign

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Padilla, an integrated marketing firm headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in New York, Chicago, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Padilla will be responsible for leading an ambitious project intended to build upon NYWGF’s recent rebrand and expand the presence of New York wines globally.The …

NAPA WINE COMPANY APPOINTS RUSSELL JOY AS GENERAL MANAGER

Napa Wine Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Joy as its General Manager.  Napa Wine Company specializes in custom crush operations, working with clients and winemakers to crush, ferment, blend, age and bottle their wines in the heart of Napa Valley in historic California Bonded Winery #9. Joy brings over 30 years of wine industry leadership experience …

CA Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Make Winegrape Growers Eligible for Direct Relief

California’s congressional delegation wants winegrape growers to receive financial relief through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Beginning May 26, CFAP intended to provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers who suffered losses due to COVID-19 related market and supply chain disruptions. Winegrapes were not among the 43 commodities listed under CFAP …

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