Grapes en California’s raisin industry remains under the weight of more supply than demand <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Except for a few dried-on-the-vine (DOV) blocks here and there, California’s 2016 raisin grape harvest finished up by Oct. 15.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +0000 170831 at Napa Valley grower’s harvest yields promising signs of a great vintage <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the third week of October, all the grapes from the 2016 crop were off the vine in Trefethen Family Vineyards’ fields at the southern end of the Napa Valley. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:08:00 +0000 170821 at <p>Freshly picked Merlot waiting in bins in front of the historic winery building at Trefethen.</p> Photos by Jon Ruel Santa Cruz Mountains wine grape crop makes the most of a cool summer <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This year’s temperate, cooler-than-normal summer, free of any typical heat spikes, has played out well for the quality of this year’s Santa Cruz Mountains’ wine grape crop, reports viticulture consultant Prudy Foxx. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:00 +0000 170811 at Credit: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock Harney Lane Winery steeped in tradition, quality, innovation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Mettler family is steeped in wine grape production growing high quality fruit for more than a century in vineyards located at Lodi, Calif. Descendants have nurtured berries with smart farming practices over the generations to yield great award-winning wines.</p> <p>The family purchased the property in 1900, built the home in 1903, and planted the first vines in 1907. Kathy Mettler, the family&rsquo;s fourth generation grape grower and today&rsquo;s family matriarch, lives in the same farmhouse today.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:21:00 +0000 170661 at <p><strong>Kyle and Jorja Lerner of Harney Lane Winery and Vineyards are proud of the high quality grapes grown on their operation in Lodi, Calif. The addition of a winery and tasting room has increased cash flow on the family&rsquo;s operation started more than a century ago.</strong></p> <p><strong>Kyle Lerner</strong></p> California raisin deliveries up compared to last year <div class="field-deck"> Domestic shipments of raisins up 4 percent in September </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California-based Raisin Administrative Committee announced the following deliveries to handlers for the period Oct. 2-8:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Grapes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:31:00 +0000 170621 at <p>Raisin deliveries to handlers the first week of October were up over deliveries this time last year, according to the Raisin Administrative Committee.</p> Sonoma County grower credits great growing-season weather for a great 2016 wine grape crop <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the end of the first week of October, the 2016 harvest was all but over for veteran Sonoma County wine grape grower Duff Bevill. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:00 +0000 170571 at Credit: payamona/Thinkstock Lodi grower’s later reds finally made it over the hump <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first three weeks or so, the 2016 harvest progressed steadily and smoothly for Lodi area grower Tom Hoffman, who grows 25 varieties of wine grapes near Acampo, Calif. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:33:00 +0000 170561 at Credit: KarenWibbs/Thinkstock Yields vary but quality remains consistent as harvest continues for Alameda County grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With Livermore Valley grower Matt Boughner’s harvest past the half way mark in early October, yields were coming in at average to a little above for all but two of his varieties.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:19:00 +0000 170551 at Credit: Dina Calvarese/Thinkstock Lodi Winegrape Commission hires new leader <div class="field-deck"> Wendy Brannen brings award-winning experience from successful agricultural programs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Brannen has more than a decade of diverse experience in the agriculture sector. She joins the commission from the U.S. Apple Association, where she serves as the Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations, promoting consumption of U.S. apples and apple products. She has a history there of initiating successful national marketing programs that showcase grower members. Her popular campaigns have consistently earned national recognition, such as the “Apples for Life” media tour, named National Awards Winner in 2015 by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Grapes Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:15:00 +0000 170451 at <p>Wendy Brannen</p> Raisin growers are likely to harvest a smaller crop this year <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following last year’s bountiful harvest, California’s raisin growers were expecting production to slip this year but they didn’t think it would be nearly as much as their tray counts indicated.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:47:00 +0000 170041 at