Monthly Archives: October 2008

What to Drink With That Leftover Candy

    Chances are you’re not going to pass out all of the candy you bought for tonight’s trick-or-treaters.

     That may be just the way it is… or by design.

     And we wouldn’t put it past you to sneak a…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Fetzer Switches to Lighter Glass for Wine Bottles

    Fetzer Vineyards, one of the largest U.S. wineries, will “lightweight” its entire line of wines to reduce its environmental footprint, continuing the winery’s more than 20-year history of environmental responsibility.

     On an average annual basis, the new bottles will reduce glass usage by 16% (more than 2,100 tons) and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions (or carbon footprint) associated with glass bottles by 14% (3,000 tons of CO2e).

     This is equivalent to planting 70,000 trees and…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

New Zealand Harvest Results Are In

    The Wairarapa grape harvest in New Zealand outstripped last year’s vintage by 111 percent, despite a drought.

     According to the Marlborough Express, a total of 4,100 tons of fruit was picked, compared with just 1,950 tons in 2007.

     Nationally, 285,000 tons of grapes were harvested this season, with the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions the only…

Posted in Wine Buzz

California Harvest: Light in Tonnage, High in Quality

    Winegrape harvest in California vineyards has nearly ended, and growers report a much lighter crop this year, according to the California Farm Bureau.

     They’re also seeing high quality — small, tight berries they hope will impart especially good flavor and color to finished wines — and they’re seeing strong demand.

     Allied Grape Growers, which represents about 500 farmers in the state’s main winegrape regions, said the strong demand has fueled an increase in grape prices. In most areas of the state, prices rose…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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