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Putting the Focus on Oak in Winemaking
 
11.21.2014
 
Conference to feature best practices for barrels, oak alternatives and latest research
 
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Winemaker David Ramey is among the panelists who will speak at the inaugural Wines & Vines Oak Conference on Feb. 11.
San Rafael, Calif.—From the technical to the stylistic, the use of oak in winemaking will be the focus of the upcoming Wines & Vines Oak Conference to be held Feb. 11 in Napa, Calif.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will feature several expert panel discussions and technical tastings as well as a seminar about seismic safety incorporating lessons learned from the Aug. 24 earthquake in Napa Valley.


 
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Valley Growers Miffed at Weak Market
 
11.20.2014
 
More vineyards likely to be pulled after prices plummet in southern Central Valley
 
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Growers in California Grape Pricing Districts 12, 13 and 14 (seen above, in purple) reported low prices in the spot market for wine grapes this fall.

Fresno, Calif.—Growers in the San Joaquin Valley saw grape prices and winery demand plummet this past harvest, with some growers receiving offers of as little as $200 per ton on the spot market.

The lackluster market for wine grapes is so concerning that Peterangelo Vallis, the executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association, said he expects “some heavy pullouts” of vines as growers opt to plant more lucrative crops. “It could have long-term effects on the economic viability of grapes in our region,” Vallis said of the market.

What has the growers even more concerned is that they’ve heard little to nothing from wineries about why they had such little demand for valley grapes this harvest. Vallis said contracts could also be extended to cover the life of vineyards and should have provisions covering inflation. “It’s been an uneasy, rocky marriage. The two groups need each other but we haven’t had the right partnership, and that needs to change in a hurry,” he said.


 
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