February 10, 2014
The size of the winegrape crop in the North Coast reached about $1.4 billion in value and 562,000 tons, up 2.4 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively, from the record-scale 2012 crop, according to the first release of the state’s tally of the harvest released Monday.
January 29, 2014
SACRAMENTO — California wine producers likely shipped 3.6 percent more wine to U.S. markets last year, and higher-end wines such as those made in the North Coast could benefit from a “transition” in supply and consumer tastes that favor quality and distinctiveness, according to experts at a major wine industry conference.
December 9, 2013
Amcor Flexibles is installing its second American Canyon production line for long-skirted Stelvin Plus aluminum screw caps, effectively doubling the production capacity for the bottle closure targeted at higher-end North Coast wines. …
In the North Coast, the most ample varieties could be near 2012 record levels, even topping them in the case of pinot noir. …
Napa Valley Grapegrowers selected Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer, who retires this month after 33 years in that role, as the first recipient of the Ed Weber Award. …
Patz & Hall plans to move its tasting salon from a south Napa industrial park to near its production facility in the Eighth Street East industrial winery cluster south of Sonoma. …
Longtime North Coast agricultural property appraiser Tony Correia as of Dec. 1 is going back out on his own. …
November 4, 2013
Straddling the markedly different wine worlds of giant Central Valley producers of low-priced wines for the masses and North Coast wineries seeking higher-end grapegrowing and production expansion opportunities, Solano County has a place in the wine industry that is growing even more formidable, according to a longtime local voice for winegrowing.
October 24, 2013
ST. HELENA — The 2013 winegrape harvest in Napa County is anticipated to be mostly complete by the end of October, according to trade group Napa Valley Vintners.
October 14, 2013
Early to start, the 2013 North Coast winegrape season is heading toward largely an early finish this month and is sizing up to be above the average for the past several years, in some cases rivaling last year’s record crop.
October 14, 2013
Joe Montana once whispered in the ear of Jerry Rice those words of San Francisco 49ers legend: “Go long!” Big crops are often followed by smaller crops, but Ma Nature seems intent on “going long” for the 2013 North Coast winegrape harvest as well. Let’s review the field, variety by variety.
October 10, 2013
This year’s Sonoma County winegrape crop came in at average to above-average size with excellent flavor profiles that are lush, balanced and consistent, according to trade group Sonoma County Winegrowers.
September 24, 2013
NAPA — Brimming winery tanks from the record 2012 crop are moderating pricing surplus winegrape tonnage and excess wine for what is thought to be another sizable crop this year, according to experts at a major annual gathering in Napa on Tuesday of the industry’s financial decision-makers.
September 16, 2013
Suspicions in the industry that the 2013 North Coast winegrape crop would be sizable are gaining greater weight as many of the grapes for sparkling wine are past that early round of harvest are in the winery, picking white wine grapes is underway and the first red wine grapes are approaching ripeness.
August 19, 2013
A winegrape and wine broker reflects on the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and the looming delivery of the 2013 North Coast winegrape crop.
July 30, 2013
NAPA VALLEY — Mumm Napa, a sparkling-wine producer often among the first in the North Coast to pick grapes, plans to bring in its first loads of Napa Valley grapes Thursday.
July 22, 2013
As the earliest-ripening North Coast winegrapes barely enter the home stretch for the season, the 2013 crop is expected to start coming in to wineries a few weeks earlier than normal, possibly be smaller than the record-setting 2012 crop yet seemingly welcomed with a bit more tepid though active buying activity than last year.
July 8, 2013
Several days of temperatures around the century mark in late June and early July could bring the start of the 2013 North Coast winegrape harvest later this month. …
Originally a high-end virtual brand, pinot noir specialist Kosta Browne now owns a vineyard as well as having its own new Sebastopol production facility. …
While beer dominated the buzz from first-quarter financial results reported by New York-based Constellation Brands last week, the giant global wine company noted a sales boost from the Mark West pinot noir brand purchased from Graton-based Purple Wine Co. a year ago. …
The Napa Valley name gained more global protection from misappropriation with a trademark registration earlier this month by Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, a growing exporter of wine, according to Napa Valley Vintners. …
Dan Chapin of Left Coast Marketing and Vickie Norris of marketing firm The Norris Group, both of Healdsburg, launched Wine Country Lifestyle magazine. …
Organizers of the second North Coast Wine Industry Expo (wineindustryexpo.com) on Wednesday said they had sold reservations for all 329 available booths a the event. …