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PD/GWSS Board Welcomes Research Coordinator

The PD/GWSS Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Lowe will oversee and guide the Board’s extensive research program as research coordinator. With over 20 years of experience working with growers and researchers at the junction of viticulture science and practical farming, Dr. Lowe brings a valuable perspective to the Board’s mission of investing in research and outreach to protect California …

Hard work and Fine Fruit Results in Five Medals for Fresno State Wines

Karley Curtis, an enology senior from Easton, was drawn to Fresno State so she could channel her passion for science into a lifelong career. However, the Jordan College honors research cohort member, had to make a slight detour from her initial path as a pre-nursing major. “I loved my chemistry course that first semester, but realized that the hospital setting …

Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking Demonstrates the Goodness of California Grapes

Millions of Canadians around the country had the opportunity to watch celebrity chef and Canadian native Roger Mooking demonstrate the versatility and goodness of California grapes during live segments on “Breakfast Television” and “CHCH Morning Live.” Mooking created three recipes featuring California grapes for the television segments. In addition to the television segments, Chef Mooking conducted radio interviews, a podcast, …

Bill Brosseau Celebrates 25th Harvest at Brosseau Vineyard, 10th Year Certified Organic

Veteran winemaker Bill Brosseau marked the start of his 25th professional harvest on Monday, August 23rd for the 2021 vintage of Brosseau Wines. Harvested at night, Chardonnay grapes were the first to be hand-cut from the vines of Brosseau Vineyard, his family’s certified organic estate in Monterey County’s Chalone Appellation. Brosseau Vineyard is celebrating 10 years of organic certification and …

Wine Festivals are Back for California Wine Month

After an endless lockdown, wine lovers will be happy to know that California wine festivals are back, just in time for California Wine Month in September!  Wine Institute will soon announce a full roster of events and special offers for California Wine Month, but in the meantime, here are some great wine festivals to enjoy. BottleRock Napa Valley September 3-5. …

Rhone Rangers To Honor Gary Eberle With Lifetime Achievement Award

The national Rhone Rangers organization will present its sixth Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, August 19, 2021, to recognize the significant contributions made by an individual to the American Rhone wine movement. This year’s award will be given to Gary Eberle, founder and owner of Eberle Winery. Honoring Eberle on behalf of the Rhone Rangers will be guest moderator and …

Napa Valley ADAMVS Winery Welcomes Alberto Bianchi as Winemaker

Denise Adams, co-owner of ADAMVS, a profound and geologically diverse Estate vineyard resting atop the legendary Howell Mountain, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Alberto Bianchi as Winemaker.  The Adams are also proprietor/vintners of Château Fonplégade, a Grand Cru Classé Château and vineyard in St. Émilion, Bordeaux. Bianchi was selected by ADAMVS owners, Denise and Stephen Adams, following an extensive, months-long search …

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

The new 2021-2022 board of directors took office during the July meeting of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Incumbent alternate Jason Eells joins current commissioners Phil Abba, Bruce Fry, Curt Gillespie, Matt Lauchland, Tom Murphy, Diego Olagaray, Aaron Shinn and Brandon Sywassink. Joe Larranaga joins current alternates Dirk Heuvel, Joan Kautz, Jacylyn Stokes, Todd Maley, Colton Machado, Mitch Spaletta, Garret Schaefer …

Dryer, Warmer Night Air Is Worsening Some Western Wildfires

Firefighters have reported that Western wildfires are starting earlier in the morning and dying down later at night, hampering their ability to recover and regroup before the next day’s flareup. A new study suggests why: The drying power of nighttime air over much of the Western U.S. has increased dramatically in the past 40 years. The paper was published in Geophysical Research Letters, …

Preharvest Conversations Growers & Wineries Need to Have Regarding Smoke Taint

“Uncertainty” seemed to be the theme of 2020 for all, and it was no different for the wine industry.  Unfortunately, this uncertainty continues this year for wine grape growers as they gear up for harvest amidst another threatening wildfire season.  With severe drought plaguing the American West, it’s not a question of if, but when more wildfires will occur and …

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