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Sonoma County Grape Harvest Running Ahead

Sonoma County’s 2013 harvest season has turned the corner and headed down the home stretch. Current reports are showing that the region is approximately 85% to 90% complete, with mostly Zinfandel and some Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Pinot Noir, and Syrah still on the vines. Winegrowers anticipate harvest finishing up within the next week or two,

Cornell Specialty Crops Research Gets USDA Funding

Ten of Cornell University’s specialty crop research projects recently received USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants totalling more than $900,000. The projects range from improving crops, expanding the agriculture industry in the state to specifically targeting the wine and grape industry. “Investing in research and development is crucial to growing our state’s agricultural sector and economy,”

California Growers Investigated For Possible Illegal Vineyard Plantings

Officials are investigating 12 possible violations of a new emergency ordinance prohibiting the planting of any new vineyards on California’s Central Coast that would increase water demand in the declining Paso Robles groundwater basin, according to a report this week in The San Luis Obispo Tribune. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed

Commentary: Selling Wine To Hispanics

A provocative economic analysis was recently released with the title, “Marketing Wine To Hispanics,” and subhead “The 50 Million Case Growth Opportunity.” The author, Rabobank’s Stephen Rannekleiv, says that because Hispanics are projected to be the fastest growing ethnic minority, and they don’t drink that much wine on average, they represent a fantastic marketing opportunity.

Strong Concord Grape Harvest Expected In New York

A robust harvest of Concord Grapes is expected in New York, according to researchers and viticulturists at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Project Center in Portland, NY. Terry Bates, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program director and Cornell Department of Horticulture senior research assistant, told the Portland (NY) Post-Journal that record rainfall and mild temperatures during

American Society For Enology And Viticulture Names New President

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has confirmed Dr. James Kennedy as the 2013-2014 president. The chairman of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at California State University-Fresno, Kennedy succeeds Leticia Chacón-Rodríguez of Treasury Wine Estates to lead the ASEV’s 12-member board.    “It is an honor to serve an organization as established as

2013 Top Fruit Growers Report

American/Western Fruit Grower’s annual Top 100 Growers report is ranked according to 2012 acreage for the below crops, and the farms must be owned or leased by one company that is responsible for maintaining it. Note that acreage information from this year’s report was compiled based on grower feedback, industry analysis, and estimates based on

2013 Top Grape Growers

This list, which is part of American/Western Fruit Grower’s annual Top 100 Growers report, is ranked according to 2012 acreage for the below crops, and the farms must be owned or leased by one company that is responsible for maintaining it.   Rank Company Grapes Grown Total Grape Acreage Total Acreage 2011 Rank 1 Bronco