As the berries continued to swell during the second week of July in Stagecoach Vineyard’s 600 acres of Napa Valley wine grapes, viticulturist Gabrielle Shaffer was much more upbeat about her crop that she was a year ago....More
Eighty percent of consumers polled in a recent Oklahoma State University survey didn’t want no stinkin’ deoxyribonucleic acid in their food.
Labels on all food containing it. Better yet, signs on every supermarket aisle. It’s in everything.
What is this dastardly substance? It’s DNA, the genetic material that determines the makeup of all living cells, yet more than 75 percent of consumers in the OSU survey said they do not want it in their food. No DNA - no food - and no people....More
A pressure chamber offers a relatively inexpensive way to determine the amount of water stress a vine is experiencing, whether you’re using deficit irrigation or simply want to improve your irrigation efficiency....More
With the berries in his wine grape vineyards still green and hard at the middle of June, Fresno County, Calif., grower Trent Hammond wasn’t ready to assess the potential quality of this year’s crop....More
Grape vines require potassium fertilization much less frequently than applications of nitrogen. This reflects the more steady supply of potassium provided by soil minerals, the depth of soil in many vineyards and the resistance of potassium to losses from leaching....More
Judging by the size of the clusters he was seeing in early June, Sacramento County grower Joe Salman is projecting his family’s Delta wine grape crop will be no larger, and maybe even a bit smaller, than last year....More
Jason Auxier, marketing coordinator with Morgan Winery, has been honored with the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans (SLHWA).
The award was recently presented to Auxier at the 2016 SLH Gala celebration. The SLHWA is an alliance of the appellation’s winegrowers and wineries....More
As vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA continued to flower into the second week of May, the 2016 bloom appears to be more uniform than last year, reports Prudy Foxx, a viticulture consultant based in, Santa Cruz, Calif...More
Following the start of bloom in his earliest variety, French Colombard, about three weeks earlier, his last variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, had finished this year’s bloom by mid-May, says San Joaquin Valley wine grape grower J.R. Shannon....More
Sonoma County wine grape grower David Cooks likes what he’s seeing in his vineyards so far this season. “They’re definitely greener and look better overall than they have in the last few years,” he says....More
Asked to come up with pros and cons for growers engaging in custom crushing, Madera County wine grape grower and vintner Steve Schafer said he found it challenging to come up with positive observations.
On the other hand, the “cons” part was simpler for him. That, he said, involved a one-word answer - “Don’t.”...More
Bud break was underway in most of Lake County’s valley floor vineyards by the second week of April. Meanwhile, shoots in some vineyards on the higher, warmer hillsides had already grown to about 8 inches in length....More