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Central Coast Wine Industry Trends: Another Great Vintage

At the time of Malcolm Media’s Central Grape Expo mid-November, some growers were still out harvesting; but many took a short break to attend this popular half-day industry event.  One of the featured speakers this year was Todd Azevedo from Ciatti Company who shared his insights on the current State of the Central Coast Wine industry, and how different varieties …

Madera Grape Grower Steve Schafer Receives CAWG’s Highest Honor

If you missed the CAWG Summer Conference this year, be sure to check out this video presentation honoring the CAWG Grower of the Year, Steve Schafer. Diversified grower and Vintner in Madera, Schafer grew up in the industry and has also been involved in the community. He has served on many grower boards and leadership roles. Watch this video and …

New Technology to Irrigate More Precisely at Pine Ridge Vineyards

Irrigating grapevines just got much easier for Gustavo Avina at Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa Valley.  Utilizing new weather stations and tracking vine evapotranspiration rates has helped to simplify his job as vineyard manager and cover more ground.  Watch this brief video with Gustavo as he shares his experience, and read more about it in the coming issue of American …

Key Indicators that Wine Grapes are Ready for Harvest

So how do you know when your wine grapes are ready for harvest? Wineries are looking for more than just solid brix levels. There are other chemical indicators to consider. This was one of the topics of discussion at California State University Fresno’s biennial industry Grape Day. Watch this brief interview with Tim Holt from E&J Gallo Winery as he …

Sonoma Winegrowers’ Karissa Kruse Honored as CAWG Leader of the Year

At the 2018 annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape growers (CAWG), Sonoma County Winegrowers President Karissa Kruse was honored as CAWG’s Leader of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading the world’s first 100% sustainable wine region, community outreach amidst the 2017 North Coast Wildfires, and much more.  Watch this video presentation honoring Kruse and read …

Washington State Viticulture & Enology Research Priorities

Winemakers and wine grape growers in Washington State developed the priorities that will drive the statewide wine research program for the upcoming fiscal year. The priorities will guide the Washington State Wine’s funding recommendations for research in 2019. Washington State Wine surveyed the state’s wineries, wine grape growers and research community to broaden the input used to set research priorities. …

World-Renown Grapevine Pathogen & Disease Researcher Doug Gubler

Doug Gubler Reflects on a Successful Career By Matthew Malcolm, Assistant Editor (Republished online from August 2016 issue of American Vineyard Magazine in honor of the late Doug Gubler) California has led the world in research and innovation in vineyard management practices, and a lot of credit for this goes to UC Davis Extension Plant Pathologist Dr. Walter Douglas Gubler. …

Cal Poly Names Center for Wine & Viticulture After Industry Donors

In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two vital donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, a family-run winery that focuses on Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in west Paso …

ASEV Confirms New President & Board Members

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has confirmed John Thorngate, Vice President of Operations Technical Services at Constellation Brands, as the 2018-2019 president. Thorngate succeeds James Harbertson of Washington State University to lead ASEV’s 12-member board. “I am honored that I get to serve alongside some of our industry’s leaders who constantly strive to find that balance between …

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