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. …
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.
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 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. …
May 20, 2013
So here we are at half-past spring in 2013. Frost danger is just about over. Both the bulk-wine and grape markets have been active, and tonnage available on the spot market is limited. Most vineyards are reporting two clusters per shoot, as seen last year at this time.
Are we caught in a “Groundhog Day” replay of last year? Well, no, we’re not. Here are two differences.
March 25, 2013
Growers are anticipating the 2013 Napa Valley winegrape season will begin with substantial emergence of vines from a winter nap in the last week of March, just ahead of the start of last year’s record crop, according to a major local trade group.
March 11, 2013
Imagine a year in which the San Francisco Giants don’t look that great, but to everyone’s surprise, they clinch their division, make it to the World Series — and win. Imagine that in the very same year the 49ers look pathetic then somehow get better, win their league and finally make it to the Super Bowl — and almost win. Combine all that baseball and football excitement, and you’d have the runup to the 2012 winegrape harvest Super World Bowl.
Winemakers often associate low yields with higher quality, but it doesn’t always work that way. The bounty of 2012, in contrast to that of 2005, came after two light harvests and when consumer demand was starting to revive. Most wineries were delighted to get the extra volume.
February 8, 2013
NORTH COAST — Many wine industry experts figured the 2012 winegrape harvest was going to be the biggest in several years and refill grower pockets after two smaller crops, but the first official tally of the crop released Friday suggests it was the biggest ever, even crushing the giant 2005 harvest in value and tonnage.
January 17, 2013
SANTA ROSA — While the 2012 winegrape harvest in Sonoma County appears to have been among the county’s largest ever, the market for grapes continues to be active early in the 2013 buying cycle, yet rising costs and uncertain ability to increase retail prices is crushing wine producer margins, according to industry supply and finance experts at a major seminar.
December 31, 2012
Brisk mergers-and-acquisitions activity for North Coast wineries, vineyards and brands in 2012 is expected to continue into 2013, even if the estimated huge size of the recent harvest moderates supply pricing underlying a number of the deals, according to the deal brokers.
October 15, 2012
More than half the 2012 North Coast winegrape crop is off the vine and most of the rest is expected to be arriving at wineries by early November.
Many North Coast growers and wineries were surprised to find the crops were much bigger than expected around the beginning of the season.
October 15, 2012
When you play the slots in Vegas, you pull the handle and hope that three symbols line up. If so, bells start to ring and lights flash and money comes gushing out of the machine. Well, it is still early to tell for sure, but the great slot machine of the 2012 North Coast harvest is lining up with: good quality, good yields, good demand.
August 20, 2012
We cannot forget the most urgent game of all: the race — often a marathon — to profitability. In the end, income must break the tape before expenses, and do so by enough margin to make a decent return on investment.
What makes the Grape Games interesting is that growers must engage in all three of these races at the same time.
July 23, 2012
After three straight years of harvests delayed and reduced by unwelcome weather, North Coast winegrape growers see signs of brighter prospects for a 2012 crop that could be, thankfully, average-sized and on time.
April 23, 2012
After a dozen years of winegrape excess statewide, the California wine business is headed into several years of tighter supply to slake growing global demand while competition and costs of production are rising, according to experts at the Business Journal’s 2012 Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. …
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously to roll back all but simplified registration provisions in the county’s Vineyard and Orchard Frost Protection Ordinance. …
F. Korbel & Bros., producer of Korbel sparkling wine, plans to sell the half-million-case-a-year Kenwood Vineyards brand and related assets to Banfi Vintners, one of the country’s major wine marketers. …
The McWilliams family, owners of Arista Winery with 36 acres of estate vineyards on Westside Road in Russian River Valley, purchased the 74-acre Martinelli Road Vineyard from the Martinelli family. …
Sebastopol-based mobile wine filtration services provider American Winesecrets teamed with Australia’s Diverse Barrel Solution Pty. Ltd. to operate the latter’s Phoenix high-tech barrel-restoration system starting in July. …
Longtime wine and spirits executive and entrepreneur Mike Kenton formed OFFbeat Brands to develop, find sourcing for and market high-quality, “eclectic” and different wine and spirit brands. …
Santa Rosa-based Provino, which evolved its wine telesales business into an outsourced direct-to-consumer marketing service for vintners, changed its name to VinoPro to reflect its move further in that direction and launched a technology services division to blend its DTC customer resource management software with popular wine business software package. …
Spring and summer are set to have more wine business seminars and training: Sonoma State University’s new Napa Valley expansion for the wine executive MBA program, Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute global wine business education conference, Vineyard Economics Seminar, Wine Industry Technology Symposium.
April 23, 2012
In this game, which is the real California Lottery, you’re going to need a four-wheel drive vehicle and you’ve got to get your boots muddy. There will be two kinds of mega-winners: Growers who have used this time strategically to build relationships with the best long term homes for their grapes and brand owners who have forged relationships with key growers that will allow them to respond to growing consumer demand with an ample supply of quality wine while maintaining a healthy profit margin.
April 17, 2012
ST. HELENA — After strong sales growth last year, U.S. makers of fine wine could see somewhat moderated growth this year as an improving domestic economy and shrinking supply of grapes and wine may allow planned luxury bottle price increases stick in the marketplace, while global economic problems together with an increasing supply shortage may boost imported wine sales for the next few years, according to a highly watched annual wine industry forecast released today.
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