Stories from Wine Business

Beer, wine propel growth at Constellation Brands

America’s third-largest wine company sees no end to the boom in pinot noir as it looks to expand key labels such as Mark West and recently purchased Meiomi.

Napa Valley winemaking couple boosts SSU institute plans

Robin and Michelle Baggett have given $200,000 to support construction of a conference room.

California wine industry may benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trade pact, reached early Monday by the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, will write new commerce rules for nearly 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.

Viticulture briefs

A UC Davis study has provided the first data to support the California wine industry’s reuse of treated winery wastewater on vineyards, but found challenges with the salinity of the treated water.

Former J. Vineyards owner Jordan back in the wine biz

Judy Jordan has purchased three vineyards in Oregon and Napa Valley and put them into a new company that will fund a nonprofit arm to mentor youth.

Viticulture briefs

Bernadette Byrne has been appointed the new executive director of the Mendocino Winegrowers, a trade group that promotes the county’s wine industry.

Coppola renames former Geyser Peak winery

The name chosen by Francis Ford Coppola pays homage to the first English child born to American colonists in 1587.

Truett-Hurst reports rocky year

The Healdsburg wine company says net sales were up despite the underwhelming performance of its highly touted wine spritzer brand.

Pacific Northwest stakes greater claim in wine industry

A prominent Washington wine executive Tuesday detailed factors behind wine’s move north, highlighted in recent years by E&J Gallo’s acquisitions in Washington and Jackson Family Wines’ purchases in Oregon.

End of grape harvest already in sight for many Sonoma County growers

Many growers are more than halfway through picking their wine grapes, with some saying they are on pace to finish by October, an exceptionally early wrap-up.

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