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Scientists Develop Organic Cure for Pierce’s Disease

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Testing continues, but new treatment meets approval of U.S. EPA and several state regulators. —Jeff Siegel Walk around certain vineyards, whether the well-renowned regions of California...

Winegrape Assessment Rate Set at $1.00 for 2020 Harvest

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The PD/GWSS Board voted during its July 7 meeting to set the winegrape assessment at $1.00 per $1,000 of value for the 2020 harvest....

Growers Vote to Extend PD/GWSS Assessment Through 2026

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The Pierce’s Disease & Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Referendum, conducted this spring, passed with 78 percent approval of California winegrape growers. All winegrape producer entities...

Pierce’s Disease Resistant Vines Now a Reality After Years of Research

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Carrying a heavy economic burden for those areas of the country with infestation of the glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS), Pierce’s disease is a plant pathogen, transmitted exclusively by sap-feeding insects...

Pierce’s Disease Referendum: Vote YES!

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Wine Institute, The California Association of Winegrape Growers and Family Winemakers of California urge you to vote YES on the Pierce’s Disease Control Program (PDCP) referendum. Continuing the...

Afternoon Brief, March 3

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More Winegrapes Could Go Unsold, Analysts Believe: With the amount of winegrapes that went unpicked in 2019, the message to grape growers from marketers and vineyard managers is clear: Without a winery contract, grapes could easily not have a buyer this year...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

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Winemakers Are Using Cutting-Edge Data and Centuries-Old Wisdom to Combat Climate Change: Climate change isn't some abstract concept in the wine world. It alters every facet of winegrowing and production. It has a direct effect on what's in, or not in, our glasses...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

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How Labor Challenges Affected the 2019 Grape Harvest: With drastic labor shortages up and down the West Coast, this years vintage may mark a dramatic shift in the way the wine industry views labor...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

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Merger Promises New 'Big Data Era' for the Wine Industry: One of the US's most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

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The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

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Science and the Future of Winemaking: Winemaking combines art and science, and producers have never had more technological tools available to understand and leverage the latter...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

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Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions...

Afternoon Brief, November 30

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Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

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Warren Winiarski Awarded American Wine Legend Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast: Wine Enthusiast magazine is awarding Warren Winiarski its Wine Star for American Wine Legend at this years Wine Star Awards held in January 2019. The award recognizes Winiarski's legacy in the wine industry as well as his many contributions to...