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Enology Building Named in Honor of Jordan College and Winery Supporter

Donald Emil Gumz was a Valley native, who like many lifelong residents, had a love and passion for the region, including Fresno State. He came from a family of grape farmers but worked with numbers, in an accounting career that started with a local entrepreneur and developer, and ended with the Vie-Del Company, which produced brandy, wine and juice concentrates, where …

USDA ARS Moves Forward with Smoke Exposure Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is partnering with federal and state research institutions in California, Oregon and Washington on a collaborative $2 million research effort to address important wildfire issues affecting grape production areas. West Coast winegrowing associations involved in a task force, focused on wildfire smoke issues, led the effort to obtain federal funding for …

Wine Foundation Elects New Board Members

Erik McLaughlin, Kristina Mielke van Löben Sels, and Alex Oh have been elected to the Washington Wine Industry Foundation Board of Directors. Erik McLaughlin is CEO and Managing Partner at Metis. He has nearly three decades of experience in the fine wine and hospitality industries, and has been extensively involved in industry groups including the Oregon Wine Board, Washington Wine …

Washington Wine Allocates Record $1.2M for Research

The Washington State wine industry has allocated more than $1.2 Million for viticulture and enology research in the coming fiscal year (July 2020-June 2021), a record amount for research that aims to improve overall wine quality by addressing vineyard and winery challenges. The Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors approved over 25 research projects totaling more than $1,204,000 for …

California Wineries Bring Virtual Wine Experiences to Consumers

With winery tasting rooms temporarily closed due to California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, wine lovers are looking for new ways to connect with their favorite wineries without leaving home. Golden State winemakers have responded with a variety of fun, creative offerings to bring California wine country to consumers across the country. Along with putting innovative and educational twists on “virtual tastings,” …

USDA Reports California Grape Acreage Decline

California’s 2019 grape acreage totaled 918,000 acres, down from 925,000 the year before.  Of the total grape acreage, 860,000 were bearing while 58,000 were non-bearing. The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 635,000 acres.  Of the total acres, 590,000 were bearing and 45,000 were non-bearing.  Table-type grape acreage totaled 130,000 acres with 121,000 bearing and 9,000 non-bearing.  Acreage of raisin-type grapes …

Washington Winegrowers Recognize New Leadership

Becca de Kleine and Carrie Arredondo were elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) during their recent annual meeting at the Convention in Kennewick, WA. De Kleine earned a bachelor degree in viticulture and enology at Washington State University, where she also worked at several large-scale wineries while attending class. In 2012, she was hired …

Beckstoffer Vineyards Donates $100,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards recently announced that the company will be donating $100,000 directly to individuals, not organizations, most in need in Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Beckstoffer Vineyards will write more than 100 checks of $300 for each of the three counties totaling approximately $33,000 per county. The Chambers of Commerce of each county will be determining what …

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