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Indiana Crop Update & Harvest Prep with Purdue University Extension

Grape harvest is underway in the southern part of the state and has recently started in the Lafayette area. Most varieties are slightly behind normal this year.  We generally harvest early varieties such as Brianna, Edelweiss and Prairie Star about the third week of August and many other early varieties starting the first week of September. Lately, the weather has …

SIP Certified Announces Newly Certified, High-Profile Vineyards for 2019

Atascadero, California, August 27, 2019 – SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) has just released a list of new vineyards that have been certified sustainable for 2019. The high-profile group includes six new properties and two long-time members. SIP Certified is one of the wine industry’s oldest and most important sustainability assessment and certification programs. The SIP Certified logo guarantees that …

Sonoma County Winegrowers to Participate in Ag’s First Climate Certification Program

Five years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) made a bold declaration to the wine world that its more than 1,800 winegrowers were committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region in 2019. Today, Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, addressed the local winegrowing community to announce that Sonoma County now has a record-breaking 99%  …

2019 Harvest Gets Underway in Lake County

The 2019 Lake County winegrape harvest is underway and growers in the high-elevation winegrowing region are once again pleased with this year’s growing conditions and optimistic about the grape quality. Many of the region’s growers and vineyard managers are anticipating an earlier-than-normal harvest, which was unexpected given the region’s wet spring and relatively cool early season temperatures. However, by midseason, …

Sonoma County Nominated Wine Enthusiast Wine Region of the Year

Following Sonoma County’s continued success and record-setting ways in the wine industry, we are pleased to announce that the region has been named a finalist for the 2019 Wine Star Awards for Wine Region of the Year. Dry Creek Vineyard President Kim Stare Wallace is also nominated in the category of Wine Executive of the Year. Sonoma County’s nomination for …

Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery Receives Year Three CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Status

Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery has received renewal of CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE status by meeting the requirements set by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) and audited at three years. Ramona Ranch was the first and is still the only winery in San Diego County to be designated Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) as a result of meeting a comprehensive …

UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse

Grapevines are suddenly dying in Lodi and the coastal grape growing regions of California, and the cause is currently unknown.  A team of extension experts at UC Davis are currently working with the industry to investigate this issue that is becoming more prevalent in the state.  Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen as he explains and read …

2019 Wine Grape Harvest Begins in Sonoma County

Following a record rainfall this past winter and a cool spring, the summer growing season has been near-perfect for Sonoma County winegrapes.  Now grape growers and winemakers throughout Sonoma County are in constant contact coordinating their schedules as the 2019 harvest began overnight. Among the first grapes of the season harvested in Sonoma County were picked this morning just after …

Lodi Winegrape Commission Welcomes New Officers and Members of Board of Directors

The new 2019-2020 board of directors took office during the July meeting of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Diego Olagaray joins current commissioners Kendra Altnow, Ben Kolber, Aaron Shinn, Galen Schmiedt, Bruce Fry, Curt Gillespie, Matt Lauchland, and Ed Van Diemen. Joining current alternates Brandon Sywassink, Art Prudhel, Tom Murphy, Clifford Castelanelli, and Phil Abba are Mitch Spaletta, Todd Maley, Garret …

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