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Do you have Feral Pigs Invading your Vineyard?

Have you ever found yourself in the morning looking down the vineyard row and seeing what looks like a sumo wrestling match had taken place the night before right in your vineyard? You may likely have a problem with feral pigs.  Ryan McCreary from USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services recently addressed large wildlife pest threats in the vineyard at Malcolm Media’s Sonoma …

How Do You Define Smoke Tainted Wine Grapes?

Growers across California are now accepting the fact that wildfires are a seasonal threat to their crops.  With wineries rejecting “smoke tainted” wine grapes even under contract, this has become a very sensitive issue, particularly in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. But just how much smoke exposure to the crop warrants rejection as being “smoke tainted?” Working with local wine …

Wine Industry Leader Jeff O’Neill to Keynote at 2020 Unified Symposium

The 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is set to open on Tuesday, February 4, at Cal Expo in Sacramento, with three days of networking, learning about the latest technological advances, and critical trends and information required to plan for the year ahead. The 2020 Unified Symposium opens with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Jeff O’Neill, CEO of O’Neill Vintners …

State of the North Coast Wine Industry with Ciatti Company

Wildfires, unharvested fruit, limited tank space… what’s going on in the North Coast wine industry? Is it all that bad? In a special State of the Grape Industry presentation at Malcolm Media’s recent Sonoma Grape Expo, Ciatti Company Partner Glenn Proctor shares the big picture of what is going on in the industry.  Many of these trends aren’t new the …

Atlas Vineyard Management Expands Premier Oregon Client Portfolio

Atlas Vineyard Management, Inc. has acquired the premier vineyard management company, Northwest Vineyard Service, Inc, operating in premium AVA’s in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. The acquisition includes a great client portfolio with approximately 450 vineyard acres.  The employees of Northwest Vineyard Service Company have all accepted offers to join the Atlas Vineyard Management team securing continuity and a …

Rominger Brothers Farms Receives CA Leopold Conservation Award

Rominger Brothers Farms of Winters has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. The prestigious award, named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is given in 20 states. The award is presented annually by Sand County …

Washington Wine Industry Foundation Opens 2020 Scholarships

Scholarships are being offered by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation (Foundation) for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology, or related disciplines. All applications are due Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Scholarships include: Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship was created by growers and vintners dedicated to promoting education in grape growing and wine production. …

CAWG Elects New Board Officers and Directors

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has announced the election of new board officers and directors. CAWG is governed by 28 growers in seven districts who serve three-year terms beginning Dec. 1. Mike Testa of Coastal Vineyard Care in Buellton, pictured above, was elected chair. He succeeds Bill Berryhill of BB Vineyards in Ceres, who served in the role …

Travel California Wine Country’s Back Roads: Southern California Spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — Wine Institute concludes its California Wine Country Back Roads series this month with highlights from Southern California wine country, extending south from Ventura County to San Diego County. California is home to some of the world’s most famous wine destinations. Yet, even the high-profile appellations have less traveled wine roads, featuring gorgeous scenery, acclaimed wines and fewer visitors. Before …

Improving the Accuracy of your Pre-Fermentation Adjustments

Picking decisions and pre-fermentation adjustments rely on accurate analysis of grape maturity indices such as Brix, TA, pH and yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN). But, no matter how precise and careful the analysis is, the information provided may be misleading if a representative sample has not been collected. When taking a vineyard sample, sampling should be based on a standardized protocol …

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