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2016 California Wine Sales in U.S. Hit New Record: 238 Million Cases with Retail Value of $34.1 Billion

California Wine Sales Hit New Record

San Francisco, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – California wine shipments to the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6%. The state shipped an all-time high of 238 million cases to the U.S. in 2016, up 2% from the previous year. California wine sales to all markets, including shipments to the U.S. and exports, also …

50th Anniversary Meeting Raisin Bargaining Association Update

[wpdevart_youtube]tS7TeggHg7U[/wpdevart_youtube] The Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) has been proudly serving raisin growers for 50 years now. As in any crop industry, the raisin industry has had its ups and downs, and last year was not an easy one; but the RBA remains dedicated to helping raisin growers get the best possible price for their crop. Watch this interview with RBA …

Best of Show Winners Announced from the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition

Sacramento, Calif., (April 21, 2017) – The 2017 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners have been announced. 2,663 wines from more than 711 California wineries entered this year’s competition with 137 double gold medals, 295 gold medals and 1,051 silver medals awarded. Only wines made with fruit grown in California may be judged in the competition. Wines are evaluated …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 7, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter forage crops are maturing well. Oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being cut and baled. Corn seed is being received in advance of …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 28, 2017) – The week oscillated between warm and wet to dry and cool two separate times last week, as early springtime Pacific systems moved through the State. Rain totals were up to a quarter of an inch along the southern coast, increasing gradually to nearly two inches near San Francisco. The southern valley saw one-and-a-half inches, …

Sonoma County Winegrowers Host 18th Annual Pruning Championship

Santa Rosa, Calif., (March 27, 2017) – Sonoma County Winegrowers held the 18th Annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship at the SRJC Shone Farm on February 24, 2017. Thirty-eight vineyard workers from across Sonoma County competed for the title of best pruner in the region. We are proud to recognize Rosendo Avila of Emeritus Vineyards in Sebastopol for taking home the …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif. (March 21, 2017) – It was a warm week across the State, as most of the area was well entrenched into a dry pattern. Fog developed across the northern central valley early in the week which helped supply a bit of moisture. Rainfall was limited to the northern third of the State late week. Rainfall amounts were very …

Sonoma Winegrowers Well in Route to 100% Sustainability

[wpdevart_youtube]j3nNBuaPxeQ[/wpdevart_youtube] At a press conference during Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers gave a progress report on their commitment to achieve 100% sustainability, as well as recent consumer trends and their willingness to pay more for sustainable wines. Watch Karissa’s brief interview with California Ag Network and read more in American Vineyard Magazine.

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 14, 2017) – Temperatures warmed up last week between 10 and 20 degrees, with a drier pattern taking hold over much of the State. Rainfall was largely confined to the northern one third of the State, with generally light rains falling along the central/northern valley, central/northern coast, and snow into the central/northern Sierras on Monday through Wednesday. …

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