Grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en Raisin crop comes in short on tonnage http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-crop-comes-short-tonnage <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California’s 2014 raisin grape crop was expected to be off the vines and lying on drying trays before Sept. 20. That’s the deadline for growers to have them on the ground to qualify for insurance should rain damage the grapes before they are picked up and put into bins.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-crop-comes-short-tonnage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-crop-comes-short-tonnage#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:19:00 +0000 152551 at http://westernfarmpress.com Lake County grower’s choice of vine and wines honors family heritage http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-grower-s-choice-vine-and-wines-honors-family-heritage <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Like most California wine grape growers, Nick Buttitta, started this year’s harvest earlier than usual – in his case, in mid-September, about a week sooner than normal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-grower-s-choice-vine-and-wines-honors-family-heritage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-grower-s-choice-vine-and-wines-honors-family-heritage#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:16:00 +0000 152541 at http://westernfarmpress.com Early-harvest spot market prices soften for all but one North Coast wine grape variety http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-harvest-spot-market-prices-soften-all-one-north-coast-wine-grape-variety <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sustained growth of California wine sales have kept prices steady for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the state’s 2014 grapes used in making these wines. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-harvest-spot-market-prices-soften-all-one-north-coast-wine-grape-variety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-harvest-spot-market-prices-soften-all-one-north-coast-wine-grape-variety#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:04:00 +0000 152531 at http://westernfarmpress.com Changes brew up raisin success for grower Steve Spate http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/changes-brew-raisin-success-grower-steve-spate <div class="node-body article-body">Planting new raisin vines and a new variety, along with pest and disease preventative actions and off-farm employment, spark success for California raisin grape growers Steven and Tracy Spate of Selma. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/changes-brew-raisin-success-grower-steve-spate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/changes-brew-raisin-success-grower-steve-spate#comments Grapes Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:33:00 +0000 152501 at http://westernfarmpress.com California raisin grape grower Steven Spate's new Selma Pete new raisin planting yields three tons per acre in the first year. He is hoping for four tons per acre when the vines mature. Napa wine industry sustains $80M damage from quake http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake <div class="node-body article-body">Preliminary damage from Napa earthquake tops $80 million for wine industry</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake#comments Grapes Grapes Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:20:00 +0000 152241 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Jey Gonzalez moves a broken wine barrel as he helps clean up a massive collapse at a wine barrel storage facility in Napa, California.</p> Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Early, fast-paced harvest likely to yield top-quality results for Central Coast grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With an early bloom and consistently warm weather throughout the season which accelerated growth and ripening of the fruit, the 2014 harvest of the Central Coast’s wine grape crop got off to a strong, unusually early start.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:58:00 +0000 152231 at http://westernfarmpress.com Lodi grower’s harvest begins light on tonnage, strong in fruit quality http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lodi area wine grape grower Tom Hoffman probably won’t be scheduling any more vacations in August. This year, he was forced to cancel his planned pre-harvest get-away to start harvesting his 180 acres of grapes in mid-August. That’s about three weeks earlier than usual.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:49:00 +0000 152221 at http://westernfarmpress.com San Joaquin County growers learn lessons in managing water and dry soils http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following three straight years of scant rainfall and restricted allocations of surface water, San Joaquin County wine grape growers are learning how to deal with dry soil conditions. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:38:00 +0000 152201 at http://westernfarmpress.com The ‘Pillsbury Wine Boy’ and his fall grape harvest http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pillsbury-wine-boy-and-his-fall-grape-harvest <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Goal: The best wine, not the largest grower </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sam Pillsbury's goal as a Willcox, Ariz. wine grape grower and winemaker is to create a distinctive regional boutique beverage. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pillsbury-wine-boy-and-his-fall-grape-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pillsbury-wine-boy-and-his-fall-grape-harvest#comments Grapes Grapes Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:47:00 +0000 152131 at http://westernfarmpress.com EGVM quarantine area reduced in North Coast grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/egvm-quarantine-area-reduced-north-coast-grapes <div class="node-body article-body">Officials reduce size of European grapevine moth quarantine zone in Napa region</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/egvm-quarantine-area-reduced-north-coast-grapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/egvm-quarantine-area-reduced-north-coast-grapes#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:10:00 +0000 152001 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>European grapevine moths feed on grapes, making them unedible.</p>